‘This Is Us’ Writer Jas Waters Dies at Age 39
EntertainmentPaula Liu

Jas Waters, a writer for the show “This Is Us” died on Tuesday, the official Twitter account for the show’s writers said. She was 39.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner said Waters’s cause of death was a suicide by hanging. She was found in her home.

“The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters Passing. In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and ALL over the show. She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature,” the tweet read. “We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. She was one of us. RIP.”

Dan Fogelman, the show’s creator, said he was shocked to learn of Waters’s passing, writing on Twitter: “Jas was absolutely brilliant and had so many stories still to tell She made an indelible mark on our show and my heart breaks for her loved ones. RIP @JasFly.”

Other celebrities expressed their condolences, including actress Reese Witherspoon. Waters collaborated with Witherspoon’s team at Hello Sunshine, a media company founded by the actress.

“My heart is with the family and friends of Jas Waters, Jas was an incredibly kind woman and a truly brilliant talent. My team at Hello Sunshine was honored to collaborate with her. I send my deepest sympathies and condolences to everyone whose lives she touched,” Witherspoon wrote on Twitter.

“Incredibly shocked and saddened to have just received this news. Blessed Light, fly with the angels,” wrote actress Susan Kelechi Watson.

Chrissy Metz, an actress on the NBC drama “This Is Us” also wrote, “We were graced with [Waters] on the show as a fantastic writer but to know her and her beautiful spirit was to love her. I am praying for your beautiful transition, Jas. May it be full of love, light and peace. Thank you for the time we shared, your fearlessness and inspiration.”

According to the Daily Mail, Waters began her work as a columnist for Vibe prior to her television work. She eventually started her own website and after that, was cast on “The Gossip Game,” a show about bloggers who write about the hip-hop industry.

USA Today reported that prior to her job as a writer for “This Is Us,” she wrote episodes for Comedy Central’s “Hood Adjacent”  and for VH1’s “The Breaks.”

She was also a script writer for films like “Spiderman,” “Save The Last Dance,” and “What Men Want,” the outlet reported.