Kevin Barnett, Comedian and ‘Rel’ Co-Creator, Dies at 32

Barnett’s cause of death is not yet known

Last Updated: January 22, 2019 @ 6:41 PM

Kevin Barnett, a stand-up comedian and co-creator of Fox sitcom “Rel” has died. According to the New York Post, Barnett was 32.

“It it with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Kevin Barnett,” Last Podcast Network, which hosts Barnett’s “The Roundtable of Gentlemen” show, wrote in a statement posted on its website Tuesday. “The joy he brought to our lives is the greatest gift we have ever received. Remind your friends you love them because you never know when you’ll see them again. We love you KB.”

The cause of death is not known at this time. Representatives for Barnett did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Barnett was previously a series regular on MTV2’s “Guy Code,” a writer for Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” Fox’s “Unhitched,” Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show” and the animated comedy “Lucas Bros Moving Co.” (Fox/FX).

Comedy Central wrote on its Twitter account: “Kevin Barnett was an incredible comedian and writer, contributing to Broad City, the stand-up community and beyond. He’ll be greatly missed.”

“Our hearts are broken, as are those of everyone at REL, at the news of Kevin Barnett’s passing. He was an incredibly funny, wildly talented man who had so much more to do and so many more stories to tell. We send our thoughts and prayers to his friends and family during this difficult time,” Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company said in a statement to TheWrap.

Correction: This article previously stated that Barnett had co-written “The Do-Over” and “Hall Pass.” Those films were co-written by a different Kevin Barnett, who has not died.

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