Death of 'This is Us' writer, Jas Waters, ruled suicide
A writer and journalist, widely known as one of the creative minds behind the popular drama series, This is Us has died at the age of 39.
According to Deadline, a Twitter account associated with the award-winning television show, called This is Us Writers, announced the death of Jas Waters on Wednesday.
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. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. She was one of us. RIP @JasFly. pic.twitter.com/cmrh2OO8of— ThisIsUsWriters (@ThisIsUsWriters) June 10, 2020
Late Thursday afternoon, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office revealed that Waters died by hanging on Thursday, June 9. Her death has been ruled as a suicide.
The late writer contributed to various Hollywood projects such as Showtime’s Kidding, VH1’s The Breaks and Comedy Central’s Hood Adjacent with James Davis.
Waters also has a story-by credit on the Taraji P. Henson feature, What Men Want.
This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman said of Waters on Twitter, “This news took my breath away. 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” This Is Us stars Mandy Moore and Susan Kelechi Watson also paid tribute to Waters.
This news took my breath away. 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 https://t.co/fAZlIjhsIH— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) June 10, 2020
Sending love and light to @JasFly’s family and loved ones. ????????— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) June 10, 2020
Incredibly shocked and saddened to have just receive this news. Blessed Light, fly with the angels. @JasFly #jaswaters Jas Waters Dies: ‘This Is Us’ Writer Dead at 39 https://t.co/VU1fzGdVIN via @heavysan— Susan Kelechi Watson (@skelechiwatson) June 10, 2020
Prior to her work in television, Waters was a columnist for Vibe magazine.
In a 2018 interview with Shadow and Act, Waters talked about her road to becoming a screenwriter. “I was raised in an old folks’ home. I never had a traditional life; I never had a safe, cookie-cutter, predictable, affirming life. From the moment I got here, the rules didn’t apply to me. If the basic rules of raising a kid didn’t apply to me, then nothing else really applies to me. So I just had to figure it out. There were several times in my life that I found to be very confining. But as I look back on it, it was very freeing,” she said.
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