Comedian Teddy Ray Dies: ‘Wild ‘N Out’ and Comedy Central Star Was 32

Stand-up comedian Teddy Ray. (Credit: Comedy Central)

Actor and comedian Teddy Ray has died at age 32, authorities said.

Comedy Central confirmed his death with a statement on Twitter following reports that the up-and-coming comic had passed away.

“Teddy Ray was a hilarious and beloved performer. He’ll be deeply missed by the entire comedy community,” the network tweeted.

Ray was found deceased on Friday, Aug. 12, at a private residence in the desert community of Rancho Mirage, California.

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The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department told the Los Angeles Times deputies responded to the home around 10 a.m. after getting a call that someone had died.

“The cause of death isn’t known,” Sgt. Brandi Swan told the paper, adding that the case is under investigation.

Ray, whose legal name was Theadore Brown, lived in the city of Gardena outside Los Angeles.

After making the rounds at comedy clubs across Southern California, he landed a spot on BET’s ComicView. He was also featured on MTV’s Wild N’ Out, the HBO Max series Pause with Sam Jay, Comedy Central’s How to Be Broke, and Russell Simmons’ All Def Comedy.

Ray’s stand-up routine on Comedy Central, which featured jokes about his weight and his preference for dating smaller women, got millions of views on the network’s YouTube channel.

As news of Ray’s death spread, tributes poured in on Twitter.

“Rest well, Teddy. The kindest and funniest. We’re all going to miss you far too much,” tweeted Abbott Elementary creator and star Quinta Brunson.

“Damn. RIP Teddy Ray. He was a real one,” actress and comedian Robin Thede wrote on Twitter.

“Teddy Ray one funny ass MF… he loved comedy and people.. I hate getting older.. too many folks I know are passing.. Live your best life like Teddy did,” former The Real co-host Loni Love shared.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Teddy Ray who always kept our audiences smiling with his quick wit and creativity,” Wild N’ Out tweeted. “Our hearts are with his family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.”

In Ray’s final Instagram post on July 30, he shared that he was turning 32 with a picture of himself sitting shirtless in a car. “Pulling up on 32 like… Lord, I thank you for another lap around this hot ass sun.”