It is a sad time for the entertainment industry. Another young African American male has passed away due to suicide. Jak Knight, one of the creators and comedians starring in Peacock’s newest series “Bust Down” is dead at the age of 28. His cause of death, a gunshot wound, has been confirmed following an autopsy of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.
Fans, friends, and other fellow comedians of the star took to their social media platform to express their disbelief and condolences for his family during this tragic time. Although Knight passed before the age of 30, he achieved many accomplishments within his career of executive producing, co-creating, double-duty writing and acting. According to people.com,“Knight toured worldwide as a standup comedian, opening for the likes of Dave Chappelle, Aziz Ansari, Joel McHale and Eric Andre. He was named a Comedy Central Comic to Watch in 2014 and he appeared on the Netflix standup series The Comedy Lineup in 2018.”
Peacock and Universal Television released a statement regarding Knight’s death to all of his loved ones. According to nbcwashington.com, “We are devastated by the passing of Jak Knight,” Peacock and Universal Television said in a statement to E! News. “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.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Knight and Chris Reddis for the debut of “Bust Down” for Peacock’s platform and it consisted of so much laughter. When I first heard the news, I was completely devastated that he struggled with hardship behind the scenes. Knight’s death has come as a sudden shock to fans across social media platforms as they discuss the importantance of depression and suicide awareness. Additionally, the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeine hotline has changed their number to dial “988” and texting “988” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Their website information is https://988lifeline.org. With the increase of suicide rates and youth that have taken their lives, the advocation that someone is always here to help you is extremely important. Oftentimes, we believe the strong ones in our life or community don’t struggle with any issues; but please check on your loved ones.
If you know anyone who may struggle with suicidal thoughts, please update them on the new information for the crisis hotline.
By Kori Barnes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas