David A. Arnold, stand-up comedian and 'Fuller House' producer, dies at 54

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David A. Arnold, a comedian who was a producer of the "Fuller House" reboot and the creator and showrunner of Nickelodeon's "That Girl Lay Lay," has died.

LOS ANGELES -- David A. Arnold, a comedian who was a producer of the "Fuller House" reboot and the creator and showrunner of Nickelodeon's "That Girl Lay Lay," has died. He was 54.

Arnold's family said in a statement Thursday that the doctors "ruled the cause of death due to natural causes." His family said he died peacefully on Wednesday in his home.

"It is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother and friend, David A. Arnold," the statement read. "Please keep our family in prayer and respect our privacy at this time as we are all shocked and devastated by this loss."

David A. Arnold

David A. Arnold

This image released by Netflix shows David A. Arnold in a scene from his comedy special "David A. Arnold: It Ain't For The Weak."
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Arnold was a regular at comedy clubs in the Los Angeles area, including the Improv and the Comedy Store. His bio says he was based in Los Angeles.

Fellow comedians were posting tributes to their friend.

Kevin Hart, who produced one of Arnold's stand-up specials, wrote: "You made it out of the mud man...you took life's biggest punches and got back up from them. I lost a real friend...I lost a brother."

Arnold was a stand-up comedian who gained appeal through his perspective about fatherhood.

He headlined two Netflix comedy specials "Fat Ballerina" in 2019 and the Kevin Hart-produced "It Ain't for the Weak," which debuted in July. He was also featured in the Netflix is a Joke comedy festival in late April.

Arnold was three shows into his four-month comedy tour called "Pace Ya Self."

He also wrote episodes for "Meet the Browns," "The Ricky Smiley Show" and "Tyler Perry's House of Payne."