Comedian Kenny DeForest Passes Away at 37

Beloved Comic's Life Celebrated in Emotional Farewell.

by Nouman Rasool
Comedian Kenny DeForest Passes Away at 37
© Kenny DeForest/YouTube

The entertainment world is mourning the loss of Kenny DeForest, a notable stand-up comedian known for his appearances on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and "The Late Late Show with James Corden," who tragically passed away at the age of 37.

DeForest met with an unfortunate accident while riding his bicycle near his Brooklyn residence on December 8th and succumbed to his injuries a few days later. A beacon of humor and wit, DeForest had carved a niche for himself in the comedy circuit, also making notable appearances on Pete Holmes's HBO series "Crashing" and Comedy Central’s "Tales From The Trip." His untimely demise has left a void in the hearts of his fans and colleagues alike.

In the wake of the accident, DeForest underwent a critical neurological surgery at Brooklyn's Kings County Hospital. Doctors endeavored to alleviate the pressure caused by a brain bleed by removing a part of his skull. Despite their efforts, DeForest's condition deteriorated, leading to his tragic passing.

Friend's Heartfelt Tribute

Ryan Beck, a close friend of DeForest, who had organized a GoFundMe campaign to support his medical expenses, shared the heartbreaking news on December 13th. In a moving tribute, Beck reminisced about DeForest's impactful presence, stating, "Kenny DeForest is and was a truly positive influence on all the lives he touched.

Kenny died on Wednesday, December 13th, at Kings County Hospital surrounded by his parents, family, and friends. Kenny's final moments included some of his favorite songs, stories of his childhood, and memories of his extensive positivity and joy for life." "Late Night with Seth Meyers" also paid homage to DeForest, remembering him as a "universally beloved comedian" whose "relaxed, confident delivery always stood out." The show praised his ability to approach controversial topics not for shock value, but to offer an original perspective and great humor.

DeForest's most recent work, a stand-up special titled "Kenny DeForest—Don’t You Know Who I Am?," showcases his unique comedic style. Filmed at The Gutter in Brooklyn and released in August, the special is a testament to his enduring legacy in the comedy world.

Fans and new viewers alike can watch the special as a celebration of his remarkable talent and contribution to the world of comedy.