The comedian was 37 years old – The Hollywood Reporter
Stand-up comedian Kenny DeForest, who was a staple of the Brooklyn comedy scene and made an appearance Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Show with James Corden and the HBO series led by Pete Holmes crash itHe died on Wednesday, December 13, at the age of 37.
On Friday, Dec. 8, DeForest was on a rental bike at the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Sterling Place in Prospect Park when he crashed into a parked, unoccupied car, a New York City Police Department spokesperson told NBC News.
He was then taken to Kings County Hospital, where he underwent neurosurgery to remove a piece of his skull to relieve pressure from the cranial bleed.
Ryan Beck, a fellow comedian and close friend of DeForest, organized a GoFundMe amid the late comedian’s hospitalization. In the latest update, Beck noted that DeForest’s final moments “included some of his favorite songs, childhood stories, and memories of his expansive positivity and joy in life.”
LiveOnNY, a nonprofit that facilitates organ donation, announced on social media that on December 17, DeForest “gifted seven of his organs to five people between the ages of 30 and 75. Kenny gifted his heart, lungs, liver and kidneys.” . And the pancreas is for beneficiaries waiting for a second chance at life from New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Indiana.”
Beck confirmed to Hollywood Reporter That DeForest was involved in the accident after he “swerved to miss something on the road, lost control of the e-bike and crashed.” The comedian remembered his late friend as a kind-hearted man who “really invested in others. He truly cared about others, their experiences and their well-being. Those feelings of warmth, kindness and encouragement are things I will truly miss.”
David Drake, also a comedian who was close to DeForest, looks at his old friend’s character with good humor: “Kenny talked me out of walking into these acid pools in Yosemite that I think kill 23 people a year, I don’t know.” . It stopped me from trying to walk to a waterfall in the middle of the desert, 4 miles away, uphill, without water, in my flip-flops. He helped me get down a mountain in Zion after spending the descent on the road. I guess what I’m saying is that I’m in trouble now.”
added to THR“I hosted and produced Kenny’s most recent special (Don’t you know who I am?), but he forgot to include my name in the credits. He didn’t forget to include his middle school basketball coach.
Drake also noted that about two months before his death, DeForest created a “funeral playlist” on Spotify.
“I was browsing music and he had a couple of Rage Against the Machine songs on there and I just wanted to call him and say ‘What is this?’ When do you want us to play ‘Murder in the Name’? ‘Do you want us to throw the casket in the hole?’” Drake said. “What hurts me the most about this experience is that there are a lot of funny and ridiculous things about Kenny’s death that I know we’re going to laugh a lot about, but instead I’m just going to share them with you.”
On social media, many mourned the late comedian.
in Joint statement on social media, Late Night with Seth Meyers He paid tribute to DeForest, writing: “Kenny DeForest was a universally beloved comedian who died tragically, very young. His relaxed, confident style always stood out. As you can see from his first late-night appearance on LNSM, he wasn’t afraid to broach topics “Controversial, but never 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.”
Comedian and Fire Island Stars Joel Kim Booster chirp“Love you forever Kenny. One of the funniest guys who truly supports me and who always made me feel welcome in the boys club, never made me feel like a sideshow and asked me to fuck whenever I doubted myself. I will miss you so much.”
Actor James Adomian wrote a long tribute to DeForest on Instagram, remembering him as “everyone’s best friend.”