Teddy Ray, a rising comedic talent with appearances on Wild ‘n Out, how to be broke and Break with Sam Jay and MTV comedy clip show Disorder, is dead. He was 32 years old.
The comedian, actor and writer whose legal name is Theadore Brown was found deceased in Rancho Mirage, Calif., after Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call and responded to a private residence in the desert community at 10 a.m. Friday, Sgt. Brandi Swan said The Hollywood Reporter.
The Gardena, Calif. resident’s cause of death is currently unknown and the investigation is being conducted by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office, according to Swan.
The multi-hyphenate served as a co-host of Ridiculous spin off Disorder — which was renewed for a second season last December — and appeared alongside reality TV star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, actress Tori Spelling and ice skater Adam Rippon. But Ray had also made a number of other scripted and reality TV appearances, including guest roles on the HBO Max series. Break with Sam Jay and voicing a character named Teddy in Comedy Central how to be brokean animated series he also wrote for.
Last year, Ray appeared on an episode of Defiant Digital’s improv comedy in the courtroom Cancel Court, where comedians face off on opposite sides of a mock trial to judge whether a celebrity should be “cancelled.” This was after starring in a number of web series, including those in 2017 Black Student Union.
In terms of stand-up, the young talent has already appeared on Wild ‘n OutComedy Central Colossal Clusterfest and HBO’s comedy All Def. Having performed nationwide, Ray’s most recent club appearances have been in June and July at DC’s Comedy Loft and LA’s HaHa Comedy Club.
Ray rose to internet fame thanks to his viral “double cheek” meme, from a parody of Caitlyn Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer in 2017, produced by All Def Digital & Doctor Chorizo Comedy.
After news broke of his passing, Ray’s Hollywood friends and fellow talents remembered the young artist on social media.
In a statement posted to Twitter, which also featured a photo of Ray, Insecure and Rap shit! Hoorae, the production company of creator Issa Rae, remembered the “creative collaborator and longtime friend”.
“Grateful for the energy you have always brought to our projects and sets! » the tweet concludes.
Abbott Elementary School designer and star Quinta Brunson took to Ray’s latest Instagram post, write in the comments“Heartbroken. I will miss you, teddy.
All Def, a multi-platform media company that works at the intersections of hip-hop, comedy and social justice, shared its “deepest condolences and prayers to his immediate family and friends” on social media.
“All of the Def family, we are heartbroken and still can’t believe our brother Teddy Ray has passed away,” said the company published in a press release. “He will be missed every day but we know he will make heaven laugh.”
In a tweet, Comedy Central also remembered the “beloved performer,” sharing that he will be “deeply missed” by the comedy community.
Other notable names in the comedy scene, including Deon Cole, Kat Williams, Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, all shared their condolences on his passing.
Daniel Baker, known professionally as Desus Nice, tweeted “rip teddy ray, it was real.” Kid Mero, whose real name is Joel Martinez, tweeted that Ray had “an effortless spirit”.