Jas Waters also worked on shows such as Kidding, Hood Adjacent With James Davis and The Breaks.

By Gabrielle Chung
Updated June 11, 2020 at 08:35 PM EDT
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Jas Waters
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Jas Waters, a writer who worked on This Is Us, has died at the age of 39.

Waters died June 9, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office. Her cause of death was listed as hanging and the manner of death was ruled as a suicide.

News of Waters' passing first broke on Wednesday, when the writers of This Is Us shared a tribute to the Illinois native on Twitter.

"The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing. In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and ALL over the show. She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature," a tweet from their joint account. "We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. She was one of us. RIP @JasFly."

This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman added in a statement of his own: "This news took my breath away. Jas was absolutely brilliant and had so many stories still to tell. She made an indelible mark on our show and my heart breaks for her loved ones. RIP @JasFly."

"Sending love and light to @JasFly ’s family and loved ones. 💓💓💓💓" actress Mandy Moore wrote in a tweet.

In addition to This Is Us, Waters worked on shows such as Kidding, Hood Adjacent With James Davis and The Breaks. She also held a story by credit for the 2019 movie What Men Want.

Prior to her work as a screenwriter, Waters ran her own entertainment website and served as a columnist for Vibe magazine.

Under the name JasFly, she starred in The Gossip Game, a VH1 reality series centered around bloggers and other media figures covering the music industry.

"I’m very audacious. This was always the plan for my life, even before I knew it," she said in 2018 interview with Shadow and Act. "A billion things had to conspire together for me to get here. Listen, I was raised in an old folks’ home. I never had a traditional life; I never had a safe, cookie-cutter, predictable, affirming life."

Waters continued, "From the moment I got here, the rules didn’t apply to me. If the basic rules of raising a kid didn’t apply to me, then nothing else really applies to me. So I just had to figure it out. There were several times in my life that I found to be very confining. But as I look back on it, it was very freeing."

In a tweet on Wednesday, Waters' management called her a "talented & gifted writer."

"It is with extremely heavy hearts that all of us at RMG mourn the life of our client & friend, Jas Waters," Rain Management wrote on Twitter. "Jas was a talented & gifted writer, an amazing person, & a sweet soul who will be forever missed. Though she is no longer with us, her impact will be felt for years to come."

This story was updated on June 11 with the date and cause of death.

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