At the time of his death, the comedian was just three stops away from a national stand-up tour and his second Netflix special had debuted earlier this summer.
Arnold’s family released a statement to several media confirming his death Wednesday: “It is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother and friend, David A. Arnold. David passed away peacefully today at his home and doctors have ruled the cause of death due to natural causes. Please keep our family in prayer and respect our privacy at this time as we are all shocked and devastated by this loss.
In addition to his stand-up comedy, Arnold has been a writer on several shows, including Netflix’s “Full House” reboot “Fuller House,” “Bigger” on BET+, and “Meet the Browns” on TBS.
He was also the creator and showrunner of Nickelodeon, produced by Will Packer. comedy “That Girl Lay Lay”, about an avatar of a self-affirmation app that magically comes to life to help a girl and her friends.
Comedian Chris Spencer, a close friend of Arnold, said in a statement to Variety that “the close-knit comedy community mourns the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it”.
“He was admired by his peers, respected by other veterans, and admired by the rising comedians he mentored. He will be deeply missed, especially by his comedic brotherhood,” Spencer said in the statement.
“This one is different! So very sad! RIP,” comedian DL Hughley tweeted.
Next week, Arnold was set to be the first comedian to appear on Sherri Shepherd’s new daytime talk show, said executive producer Jawn Murray in a tweet.
He is survived by his wife Julie and his daughters Anna Grace and Ashlyn Elizabeth.