Comedian Kenny DeForest suffered a premature death after getting into a horror crash in Brooklyn, NYC.
The 37-year-old stand-up comedian, who was known for his witty jokes on the late-night comedy circuit shows such as The Late Late Show with James Corden and Late Night with Seth Meyers, died on Wednesday after a horror crash in Brooklyn on December 8.
According to the initial reports, it was believed that DeForest was riding his e-bike through Crown Heights when he was struck by a car. Since the EMS report hasn’t listed another vehicle, the circumstances of the crash remain unclear.
Following the incident, the comedian was rushed to the hospital where he died five days later.
It was now confirmed that doctors tried to save Kenny’s life by removing a portion of his skull to release the pressure on his brain. Unfortunately, the procedure was not successful.
“We’ve learned more information today from an EMS report. Kenny was on an e-bike and crashed. I spoke with crossing guards at the area today, and am still in search of more information. There is no police report because it was not a hit and run as first understood,” the 37-year-old’s friend, Ryan Beck, revealed.
“He was a tremendous person and comedian. All of us in the New York comedy scene are truly devastated.”
Since the tragic news broke out, tributes to the comedian, who was back in 2015 named as one of the ‘Funniest People to Watch,’ began pouring in.
“Kenny DeForest was a universally beloved comedian who died tragically, and much too young. His relaxed, confident delivery always stood out,” a tribute posted on the Late Night with Seth Meyers account on X read.
“As you can see from his debut late night set on LNSM, he wasn’t afraid to tackle controversial topics, but never just to be edgy- always in service of an original angle and a great joke. It’s a shame we won’t get to see what he comes up with next.”
Our thoughts remain with Kenny’s loved ones as the investigation into the crash remains ongoing.