*Comedian Chris Cotton, who appeared on Comedy Central’s streaming talk show “Every Damn Day,” has died at the age of 32.
“We’re devastated by the loss of Chris Cotton—a hilarious comedian, a beloved member of the Comedy Central family and a joy to be around,” the cable network wrote alongside a photo of Cotton on Wednesday. “He will be missed.”
The Philadelphia native published a short memoir titled “What My Dad Did: My Theory On Joke Writing.” The book served as “an outlet for Chris to speak to anyone working to achieve their dreams in the face of adversity,” per Page Six.
“This true story is ultimately about finding one’s own voice without having to sacrifice one’s morals,” the synopsis continues.
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Cotton and his wife Ericalynn announced in September they are expecting a baby in February. The couple celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary in May.
A GoFundMe has been set-up for the family and has already surpassed its $35,000 goal.
Tributes from fellow comedians and fans have been flooding Cotton’s social media accounts.
“A few weeks ago Chris Cotton randomly hit me up to thank me for a gig I got him YEARS ago that led to some other work for him,” Hannibal Buress tweeted. “I was in the middle of booking Isola Fest and booked him during the call. I was psyched to see him this weekend. RIP.”
“The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” writer Nate Dern tweeted: “Chris was a beautiful person with so much love to give. Everyone loved him instantly. He regularly made me laugh so hard that I cried. I am honored that I got to work with him and know him. Love you, Chris. Rest in peace.”
“What a terrible night, I am still in shock over the loss of Chris Cotton..he was young, fun and had so much left to do…..Its tragic. My heart goes out to his family,” said Dave Attell.
Cotton’s cause of death has not been released.