- Jas Waters, who worked on shows such as Comedy Central's Hood Adjacent With James Davis and VH1's The Breaks
- She was a former columnist at Vibe magazine and appeared on camera in VH1's 2013 unscripted show, The Gossip Game
- The cause of her death has not been disclosed
- Waters was born in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in a retirement home where she lived with her grandparents
Jas Waters, a writer for This Is Us, Jim Carrey’s Kidding, a celebrated journalist and broadcaster, has died at the age of 39.
Born Jasmine Waters in Evanston, Illinois, she went by the nickname, JasFly in her career.
The news of her death was confirmed by the This Is Us writers in a statement via their Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon, 10 June.
"The entire This Is Us family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters' passing. In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and all over the show," the statement read.
"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," it read on.
Waters has writing credits on 18 episodes of This Is Us and served as the story editor for 10 episodes of Kidding in addition to writing two episodes.
She also worked on Comedy Central's Hood Adjacent With James Davis, VH1's The Breaks, MTV's Real World and Showtime's Kidding.
The late TV writer also worked on movies including Hardball, Save The Last Dance and What Men Want.
Before her career a screenwriter, Waters had her own column in Vibe magazine in 2012.
At the time of her passing, she was living and working in Los Angeles. During her career, Waters worked for VH1, Comedy Central and Showtime, according to her LinkedIn page.
The journalist was a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. On her LinkedIn page, Waters said that her philosophy on life was you can have anything you are willing to work for.
She grew up in a retirement home where she lived with her grandparents, according to a 2018 interview she did with Shadow and Act.
"By the time I was 8 or 9, I was like Roger Ebert. I had such a grasp on what made a movie good, what made a story good," she told the site.
"I’m also a poor black kid who grew up in an old folks' home. So I understand ground-level life, and I bring that perspective to everything I write," she added.
In her last tweet, which came on May 8, 2020, Waters tweeted, “Some s**t just changes you.”
The creator of the hit show, Dan Fogelman, took to Twitter to express his condolences.
"This news took my breath away," he wrote.
"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," he added.
Fellow This Is Us stars and other celebrities that knew Waters also took to Twitter to remember the late TV writer.
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