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'This Is Us' Cast Members Mourn Show Writer Jas Waters Who Took Her Own Life at 39

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 15, 2020
12:02 P.M.

Last week journalist and broadcaster Jas Waters died at the age of 39 from suicide. She was also a writer on “This Is Us,” and the show’s cast and crew have since taken to social media to mourn her death.

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Waters, who went by the nickname Jas Fly, died by hanging in Los Angeles, according to reports. Her death was confirmed by “This Is Us,” and her agency, Rain Management Group.

The series mourned her passing writing: “The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing.” The show also noted how she’d “left her mark” on all of them.

The cast of "This Is Us'" after winning an award at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27, 2019, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Dan MacMedan/Getty Images

The cast of "This Is Us'" after winning an award at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27, 2019, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Dan MacMedan/Getty Images

“THIS IS US” PAYS TRIBUTE TO JAS

She was described as “a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature.” They concluded the post by sending their condolences to her family and calling her “one of us.”

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CHRISSY METZ MOURNS JAS’S DEATH

Chrissy Metz, who plays the role of Kate Pearson, tweeted: “We were graced with @JasFly on the show as a fantastic writer.” She continued noting how “to know her and her beautiful spirit was to love her.”

PRAYING FOR JAS

Metz added how she was praying that the writer had a “beautiful transition” full of “love, light and peace.” She concluded her post with a red heart emoticon.

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SUSAN WATSON & DAN FOGELMAN

Susan Kelechi Watson, Beth Pearson on the show, revealed how she was “Incredibly shocked and saddened to have just receive [sic] this news.” Dan Fogelman, who is the creator of the show, retweeted the message by “This Is Us” and wrote:

“This news took my breath away.”

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LEAVING HER MARK

He remembered Waters as “absolutely brilliant.” Fogelman credited her for leaving an “indelible mark on our show” and noted how his heart broke for her family.

WHEN WAS SHE BORN

The late writer was born in Evanston, Illinois, and died on June 9, 2020. From 2017 until 2018, Waters worked as a staff writer on “This Is Us.”

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SHOWS SHE’S WORKED ON

She helped write 18 episodes for the series. Waters has also worked on shows like “Hood Adjacent with James Davis,” “Kidding,” and “The Breaks.”

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WORKING WITH TARAJI

In 2019, she also helped write the movie, “What Men Want,” starring Taraji P. Henson. Her television writing career came after she’d worked as a journalist.

WRITING FOR "VIBE"

She’d written for “Vibe” magazine where she has her own column. In 2013, she co-starred on the VH1 reality series “The Gossip Game.”

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HER OTHER CREDITS

Waters has also worked for Comedy Central and Showtime. For 9 years she worked in Film Production and Television Development, where she got to work on “Spider-Man” 1 and 2, “Hardball,” MTV's “Real World,” “Save The Last Dance,” “Barbershop” 1 and 2, and “ER.”

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