Per the Deadline report, Barnett died unexpectedly while vacationing in Mexico. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Prior to his work on Rel, Barnett wrote an episode of Broad City as well as several episodes of The Carmichael Show in 2017. On the film side, he wrote Netflix's Adam Sandler comedy The Do-Over, and received screenplay credit for 2011's Hall Pass and 2007's remake of The Heartbreak Kid.
His podcast co-host, Ben Kissel, wrote this message on Twitter:
"Dear Last Podcast family, It’s with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Kevin Barnett. The joy he brought to our lives is the greatest gift we have ever received. Remind your friends you love them because you never know when you’re see them again. We love you KB."
Dear Last Podcast family,— Ben Kissel (@BenKissel) January 22, 2019
It’s with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Kevin Barnett. The joy he brought to our lives is the greatest gift we have ever received. Remind your friends you love them because you never know when you’re see them again. We love you KB.
Fans, friends, and those who worked with Barnett also expressed their condolences.
The Roundtable of Gentlemen was fucking disgusting and so much of that was due to the contributions of Kevin Barnett, and also all of them are terrible people. I am so sad right now. Here's a @withreservation 2013 snapshot. pic.twitter.com/d7gaMhSwuE— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) January 22, 2019
Kevin Barnett was one of the funniest, most creative writers. It's crazy to think about everything he would have done in the future. It's all so incredibly sad.— Halle Kiefer (@HalleKiefer) January 22, 2019
RIP Kevin Barnett. Shocked. Kevin doing standup in NYC around 2012-2013 = my NYC experience. I would see him everywhere, every week at every comedy club. So funny. We reconnected years later in LA. I greatly admired his work on the Carmichael Show and Broad City. A huge loss.— Maria Minerva (@mrmnrv) January 22, 2019
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