Television Writer Jas Fly Dies At 39- ‘This Is Us’ Cast, Crew, And Friends Mourn
Many are mourning the death of television writer and hip hop journalist, Jas Waters, affectionately known as Jas Fly.
According to reports, Jas Waters’ entertainment credits since 2018 included working as a writer and story editor on Jim Carrey’s Showtime dramedy Kidding. She’s also credited with writing the story for the 2019 Taraji P. Henson and Tracy Morgan movie What Men Want. In 2017, she wrote for the now defunct Comedy Central show Hood Adjacent With James Davis and The Breaks on Vh1.
Jas Fly was most recently known for her work as a writer on the hit TV show This Is Us and the cast and crew have taken to Twitter to release statements on the affect of her passing.
The main Twitter account for This Is Us posted,
“The entire #ThisIsUs family was devasted 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. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. She was one of us. RIP @JasFly.”
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. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. She was one of us. RIP @JasFly. pic.twitter.com/cmrh2OO8of
— ThisIsUsWriters (@ThisIsUsWriters) June 10, 2020
Individually, many of the writers wrote personal messages on Twitter about her passing.
This Is Us writer, Dan Fogelman writes,
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
Writer and Co-Executive Producer on This Is Us writes,
When Jas walked into a room, you knew someone strong had entered your life. She was smart and funny and sarcastic and told fascinatingly good stories. Our family sends its deepest condolences and love to hers.
Star of This Is Us, Susan Kelechi Watson also expressed her sentiments. The actress states,
Incredibly shocked and saddened to have just receive this news. Blessed Light, fly with the angels
Another friend and colleague saddened by the death of Jas Fly is author and entrepreneur, Rob Hill, Sr. The pair were good friends and in 2018 Jas Fly co-authored The Missing Piece: Finding the Better Part of Me: A Love Journey, with Rob Hill Sr.
He took to his Instagram stories to post a series of photos of Jas. On one story, he shared,
“Losing Jas Waters is a loss I can’t quite grasp yet. She was so valuable to me. I haven’t loss a friend this close since Teo passed.
Jas was truly phenomenal. She shared this book journey with me and made me feel understood when I felt alone. Challenged me to pushback, go harder, and always keep my authenticity.
What a powerful life…What an incredible woman. What a beautiful soul.”
Jas Waters clearly left an imprint on the entertainment business as a whole and in the lives of many people. Let’s keep her family in our thoughts and prayers.