One of the more highly-touted young comedians in the industry suddenly passed away this week.
Kevin Barnett, best known as co-creator of the Fox comedy series “Rel,” has died at the age of 32.
Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment released a statement on Barnett’s death, saying, “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.”
The details surrounding Barnett’s death are shady at best.
While the word of his passing got out quickly, a cause of death is not known.
The only real detail we do know is the comedian appears to have been vacationing in Mexico when he died. That information is only available due to his final social media posts.
Barnett was making his bones in the industry as a stand-up comedian when he seemed to find a true calling as a writer.
While he had almost two dozen actor credits to his name, he really started to get noticed around 2012 when he wrote a couple of episodes for Guy Code.
From that point forward, the writing gigs started to flood in.
In 2013, he penned 10 episodes for The Eric Andre Show.
Then, in 2014, he was named head writer for Friends of the People.
Between 2015 and 2017, he put his name to almost a dozen episodes in total of The Carmichael Show, Broad City, and Lucas Bros Moving Co.
2018 proved to be the year he would become a household name and recognized as one of the true young talents of the industry, though.
Along with Josh Rabinowitz and Lil Rel Howery, he was the co-creator of Rel.
Lil Rel starred in the show as a young, black comedian who was trying to put his life back together again after his marriage fell apart.
When news of his sudden death was made public, friends and colleagues in the entertainment business stressed that he was a talented writer and comedian. Many expressed sadness because he had so much more to offer the world.
Rest in peace Mr. Barnett.