Jas Waters, This Is Us and Kidding Writer, Dead at 39

Jas Waters Photo: Twitter

Jas Waters, a television writer on This Is Us and Kidding, has died at the age of 39. A statement on her death was shared by the official Twitter account of the NBC show’s writers on June 10, saying, “The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing. In our time together, Jas has left her mark on us and ALL over the show. She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature.” The cause of death is unknown. Prior to writing for television, Waters had been a hip-hop journalist, writing a column for Vibe that began in 2012. In 2013 Waters co-starred in the VH1 reality series The Gossip Game as JasFly. More recently, she had a story credit as part of the writing team for the 2019 Taraji P. Henson film What Men Want, and she was a writer on Showtime’s Jim Carrey series, Kidding.

Friends, colleagues, and fellow writers grieved for her on Twitter, where many were inspired by her candid, thoughtful tweets, especially throughout the coronavirus pandemic. “I‘ll never forget being so excited to get an interview w/ @JasFly for Necole Bitchie back when I was working on ABG,” Issa Rae tweeted on Wednesday. “I could feel her warmth through the phone. Over the years, I got to know & appreciate her even more. She was so generous, beautiful and REAL. I’ll miss you, girl.” This Is Us actress Susan Kelechi Watson, writers Dart Adams, Clarissa Brooks, and Sade Sellers, TV host Tamron Hall, Glee star Amber Riley, and many more paid tribute to Waters and her impact.

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Jas Waters, Kidding and This Is Us Writer, Dead at 39