The entertainment world was stunned this week when the death of comedian Neel Nanda was announced.
Nanda, 32, has been on the rise since he did a set on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night TV show.
Little detail was announced regarding his death, but the wording of many of the tributes sent out to him makes it pretty clear this was not a death by natural causes.
Nanda’s death was confirmed by his longtime manager, Greg Weiss, who has known Nanda for more than a decade.
About six years ago, Nanda became a very hot commodity when he did a set on Kimmel’s show...
Nanda has always pointed to that set as the launch of his career, stating, “I would say my proudest accomplishment thus far in comedy is performing on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’
“I’ve always wanted to do a set on late night, and ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ was my first choice. So the fact that it came together kind of blew my mind. I’ve performed on other networks like Comedy Central, Hulu, Viceland, etc., but ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ was the first place I performed where my parents were a fan of the host.”
Matt Rife, another hot comedian right now, expressed his condolences, stating, “You were one of the nicest, hardest working comedians I’ve ever called a friend and I hope you can be at peace brother.”
Dane Cook’s tribute, however, was the most telling, writing, “I didn’t know Neel Nanda personally, but reading several tributes is both heart-breaking and eye-opening.
“I echo so many in expressing there is help out there. Please remember you are never alone. People want to help you. There is a path through your pain.”
It seems pretty clear that Nanda more than likely took his own life, which is sad when you consider the future he had and that he felt he could not lean on someone for help.