Black Hollywood lost one of its rising stars with the death of comedian Kevin Barnett, who co-created the Fox series Rel with Lil Rel Howery.
His death was confirmed Tuesday by his talent agency UTA. He was 32.
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“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and client Kevin Barnett. He was an incredible talent and a wonderful person,” the agency tweeted. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends. We will miss him.”
The cause of death is not clear.
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Barnett was building his name as a standup comic, writer and actor for shows like Rel and The Carmichael Show. In addition to previously being a writer for Comedy Central’s Broad City, he was also a series regular on MTV2’s Guy Code and appeared in Chris Rock’s Top Five.
Rel co-creator Howery took to Instagram upon hearing the news, saying that he “was trying to figure out what to say but I can’t I’m truly heartbroken by this and just really hurt as the hours pass… So gifted and so dope and a true friend!!!! I don’t know what else to say this is crazy to me!!!!”
Our thoughts are with Barnett’s friends and family at this time.
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