28-Year-Old Comedian & "Bust Down" Star Jak Knight Has Died

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At this time, the comedy writer's cause of death remains unknown.

Jak Knight, a comedian on the rise – best known for his work on projects like Big MouthBlack-ish, and Bust Down – has died at the age of 28, The Hollywood Reporter shared yesterday (July 15).

At this time, the actor's cause of death remains unknown, though an agency rep did reveal via his family that he passed on Thursday night in Los Angeles. "Knight's loved ones ask that their privacy please be respected during this extremely difficult time," they added.

28-Year-Old Comedian & "Bust Down" Star Jak Knight Has Died
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The timing of the talented star's death is especially unfortunate as his career looked to be on the rise as he moved from working in the writer's room on hit shows to co-creating, executive producing, and starring in a Peacock original of his own.

On Bust Down, Knight worked alongside Chris Redd, Sam Jay, and Langston Kerman to tell the story of a group of friends in Gary, Indiana who work low-wage jobs at a local casino.

The late star was born in Seattle, and prior to his death, finished wrapping filming on Chelsea Peretti's First Time Female Director.

Knight previously credited Dave Chappelle for inspiring his career in comedy, as well as the hit animated series, The Boondocks. "One hundred percent the reasons why I do what I do," he said of both influences.

He eventually went on to open for the controversial comic on tour, also hitting the road with names like Eric Andre, Moshe Kasher, Aziz Ansari, and Joel McHale.

Knight's passing has caused much unrest in the comedy community – not to mention the impact it has had on his closest friends and family.

"We are devastated by the passing of Jak Knight," the Bust Down team wrote in a statement. "He was a brilliant comedian, visionary and artist and we were all lucky to experience his greatness. Our hearts are with Jak’s family, friends and community during this heartbreaking time."

RIP Jak Knight; tap back in with HNHH later for any updates on the comedian's tragic death.


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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.