Cause of Death Revealed for ‘This Is Us’ Writer Jas Waters

Jas Waters (Credit: Twitter)

Jas Waters, a writer for NBC’s hit TV series This Is Us, died this week at age 39.

On Thursday, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed her cause of death to Urban Hollywood 411. According to coroner’s office spokesperson Sarah Ardalani, Waters passed away on June 9. The writer, whose real name was Jasmine Waters, died of suicide by hanging.

The Twitter account for the team of This Is Us writers initially shared the news of her passing with fans on Wednesday. At the time, no cause of death was given.

“The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing,” the tweet said. “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.”

Waters was born on Oct. 21, 1980 in Evanston, Illinois. According to her IMDb page, she worked as a writer on several prominent projects, including the Taraji P. Henson-starring film What Men Want; the Showtime series Kidding starring Jim Carrey and Frank Langella; and Comedy Central’s Hood Adjacent With James Davis.

Tributes from Waters’ family, friends, and co-workers poured in on social media, including a post from This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman.

“This news took my breath away,” Fogelman tweeted. “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.”

Dozens of fans replied to Fogelman’s tweet to express their condolences. “Very sad. She was a force,” one person wrote.

Such a beautiful soul and person! So many more stories to tell. She will missed. God bless & keep her next to him! She will share her stories in heaven,” another person shared.

“This is heartbreaking. My heart goes out to her family and loved ones,” someone else tweeted.

If you or someone you know needs help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).