Comedian and actor Brody Stevens, 48, has died. His management representatives confirmed the sudden death on Friday with a statement.
“Brody was an inspiring voice who was a friend to many in the comedy community,” the statement said. “He pushed creative boundaries and his passion for his work and his love of baseball were contagious. He was beloved by many and will be greatly missed. We respectfully ask for privacy at this time.”
Comedy Central, the network that aired his reality series, “Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!” — which Stevens created and starred in with friend Zach Galifianakis — tweeted a tribute.
“You were a groundbreaking comedian who meant so much to all of us. We will miss you, Brody Stevens,” the network tweeted.
The death was an apparent suicide. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed a male in his 40s had been found unresponsive in the Valley Village neighborhood of Los Angeles at 12:52 p.m. and was pronounced dead on the scene.
The death had been reported to the coroner’s office as a suicide, but “we have not made that determination” pending further examination, according to Sarah Ardalani, public information officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
Stevens appeared in the movies “Jesus Is Magic,” “Due Date,” “The Hangover” (as a dismissive police officer) and “The Hangover Part II.”
He was a fixture on the Los Angeles comedy club circuit including at the Comedy Store which posted a tribute on Instagram.
“Thank you Brody for sharing your Comedy and positive energy with us for so many years. You made late nights so much fun, pushing boundaries, being different, and never doing the same show twice. It was a privilege to watch you,” the tribute read. “We love you forever Brody.”
“Everybody loved Brody,” tweeted comedian Kristen Schaal.
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Thank you Brody for sharing your Comedy and positive energy with us for so many years. You made late nights so much fun, pushing boundaries, being different, and never doing the same show twice. It was a privilege to watch you. People either loved your Comedy or had no idea what was going on, which is what made you so special. You never catered to people who didn’t get it. You were one of a kind. Joke writing, crowd work, drums, baseball. We love you forever Brody. #thecomedystore #rip #brodystevens #paidregular
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Bob Saget tweeted, “Brody Stevens ~ Such a funny man. Such a good man. We need you and your comedy. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Loved Brody. Rest In Peace kind soul.”
Stevens had openly dealt with depression and “Enjoy It!” featured a look into his life of dealing with bi polar disorder. His death Friday prompted Patton Oswalt to exclaim on Twitter: “If you are depressed or feeling suicidal please please please please please reach out to ANYONE. I never get to see Brody Stevens again I can’t stand this. #RIPBrodyStevens #818ForLife.”
Stevens tweeted Thursday that he was looking forward to getting on the comedy circuit.
I’m ready to get back on the festival circuit.— Steven BRODY Stevens (@BrodyismeFriend) February 21, 2019