Jak Knight: Suicide Cause of Comedian’s Death

Suicide Confirmed by L.A. Coroner

The popular comic, TV writer and “Bust Down” star, 28, was found on July 14.


A cause of death for Jak Knight, a rising stand-up and TV comedy writer whose loss at 28 shocked Hollywood, has been determined by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.

Knight was discovered at an embankment on the 3400 block of Atlantic Street in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of L.A. on July 14 at 8:33 p.m., a spokesperson for the coroner’s officer said. He had a gunshot wound to the head in what is ruled by the coroner to be a suicide.

News of the death of Knight, birth name Jakim Maulana, elicited outpouring of shock and grief from the many people whose lived he touched on his rise to comedy stardom.

Knight co-created and starred in Peacock’s Bust Down alongside Saturday Night Live star Chris Redd and wrote for Netflix’s animated series Big Mouth for five seasons, where he also voiced DeVon.

“We are devastated by the passing of Jak Knight,” reads a joint statement from Knight’s Bust Down family, Peacock and Universal Television. “He was a brilliant comedian, visionary and artist and we were all lucky to experience his greatness. Our hearts are with Jak’s family, friends and community during this heartbreaking time.”

Comedy Central, which named Knight a comic to watch, posted a tribute on its official Twitter account, calling him “a hysterical and honest comedian. We will miss him tremendously.”