Jas Waters, TV writer and journalist, who was a writer on This Is Us and most recently on Kidding, has died. She was 39. The cause of her death is yet to be declared.
The This is Us Writers’ account on Twitter shares the news which read,
“The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing. 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”
Jas Waters- A Kind Soul
Waters worked on the second season of NBC’s flagship drama series This Is Us. She most recently wrote on Showtime’s Kidding. Her other TV writing credits include VH1’s The Breaks and Comedy Central’s Hood Adjacent with James Davis. She also has a story-by credit on the Taraji P. Henson feature What Men Want.
Kidding creator Dave Holstein tweeted, “@JasFly was a one of a kind voice and so integral to our Kidding writing team. This is a devastating loss for those who knew her and lived in her light. One of my fav lines of hers is resonating loud with me today: Our scars do not mean we are broken. They are proof we are healed”
This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman said of Waters on Twitter, “This news took my breath away. 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” This Is Us stars Mandy Moore and Susan Kelechi Watson also paid tribute to Waters.
Prior to her work in television, Waters was a columnist for Vibe magazine.
In a 2018 interview with Shadow and Act, Waters talked about her road to becoming a screenwriter. “I was raised in an old folks’ home.”
She continued, “I never had a traditional life; I never had a safe, cookie-cutter, predictable, affirming life. From the moment I got here, the rules didn’t apply to me. If the basic rules of raising a kid didn’t apply to me, then nothing else really applies to me. So I just had to figure it out. There were several times in my life that I found to be very confining. But as I look back on it, it was very freeing,” she said.
‘This Is Us’ stars offer condolences
Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate on This is Us, posts on Twitter,
“We were graced with @JasFly on the show as a fantastic writer but to know her and her beautiful spirit was to love her. I am praying for your beautiful transition, Jas. May it be full of love, light and peace. Thank you for the time we shared, your fearlessness and inspiration.”
Mandy Moore shared, “Sending love and light to @JasFly’s family and loved ones.”
“Incredibly shocked and saddened to have just receive this news. Blessed Light, fly with the angels,” shared Susan Kelechi Watson, who plays Beth.
In addition to Kidding and This is Us, Jas Waters also wrote for TV shows like Hood Adjacent with James Davis and The Breaks. Jas also wrote the story for the 2019 film What Men Want.