This Is Us writer Jas Waters’ cause of death confirmed as suicide as friends mourn ‘brilliant storyteller’ – The Sun

THIS Is Us writer Jas Waters' cause of death has been confirmed as suicide following her passing on Tuesday.

Los Angeles medical examiner's office ruled that Waters took her own life by hanging at the age of 39.

Her tragic death was announced on Wednesday by her TV colleagues, who hailed her as a "brilliant storyteller and a force of nature".

At the time of her death, Waters was working as a story editor and writer for Showtime’s half-hour dramedy Kidding, starring Jim Carrey and Judy Greer.

Prior to joining the team, she was a staff writer on NBC’s popular family drama This Is Us from 2017 to 2018 – where she contributed to a total of 18 episodes.

Her "devastated" former NBC co-writers confirmed the sad news with a collective statement about her passing on social media, writing: "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. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. She was one of us. RIP @JasFly."

This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman added: "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."

Mandy Moore, who plays the role of Rebecca Pearson in the hit NBC show, added, "Sending love and light to @JasFly's family and loved ones."


Chrissy Metz, who portrays Kate Pearson, paid tribute to Waters on Instagram and wrote: "We were graced with Jas Waters on This is Us as a fantastic writer with such insight, perspective and courage, but to know her and her beautiful spirit was to love her.
"Thank you for the time we shared, your fearlessness, your hilarious sense of humor and inspiration. I am praying for your beautiful transition, Jas. May it be full of love, light and peace. ❤️," she added.

Dave Holstein, the creator of Kidding, also shared his condolences and tweeted: "@JasFly was a one of a kind voice and so integral to our Kidding writing team.

"This is a devastating loss for those who knew her and lived in her light. One of my fav lines of hers is resonating loud with me today: Our scars do not mean we are broken. They are proof we are healed."

On Thursday, Reese Witherspoon revealed that Waters also had a connection to her production company Hello Sunshine.

The 44-year-old actress tweeted: "My heart is with the family and friends of Jas Waters. Jas was an incredibly kind woman and a truly brilliant talent.

"My team at Hello Sunshine was honored to collaborate with her. I send my deepest sympathies and condolences to everyone whose lives she touched," she added.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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