The celebrated TV writer, director, journalist and television personality Jas Waters, also known as JasFly, has passed away at the age of 39. 

While the cause of death is still unknown at the time, close friends of Waters shared the news of her death on Wednesday. Waters was born Jasmine Waters in Illinois, and later graduated from Columbia College Chicago. At the time of the of her passing, she was living in Los Angeles where she worked on TV shows for various networks including VH-1, Comedy Central, and Showtime. Most notably, Waters has worked on This Is UsSpiderman 1 & 2, Hardball, Save the Last Dance, MTV’s Real World, and Barbershop 1 & 2. 

Waters’ contribution to journalism was also profound, she created and ran her own entertainment blog for three years that averaged 700,000 views a day. She was one of the most recognizable women in hip hop when the blog scene was first starting. Additionally, Waters was offered her own column in VIBE Magazine in 2013. 

Social media was immediately flooded with tributes to the beloved powerhouse, shocked at the devastating news. Longtime friend and fellow writer Sade Sellers confirmed the news on her own Twitter account, writing, “Absolutely devastated to confirm @JasFly‘s passing. She was such a light. Offered me advice about writing so many times— prayers to her family.”

Below are some reactions to her sudden death from colleagues and friends. 

Rest in Peace JasFly.