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Kenny DeForest, Stand-Up Comedian of Late Night TV, Dies After NYC Bike Accident

Kenny DeForest, Stand-Up Comedian of Late Night TV, Dies After NYC Bike Accident

New York City-based comedian Kenny DeForest died from complications resulting from a bike accident. He was 37 years old. Ryan Beck, a friend of DeForest’s, went on the comedian’s GoFundMe page and announced his death. DeForest died on Wednesday and Kings Countythis Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

“Kenny died on Wednesday December 13th at Kings County Hospital surrounded by his parents, family, and friends,” Beck wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Kenny’s final moments included some of his favorite songs, stories of his childhood, and memories of his extensive positivity and joy for life.”

In particular, the comedian had appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Late Late Show With James Corden to his credit. Meyers’ show’s X account says, “Kenny DeForest was a universally beloved comedian who died tragically, and much too young. His relaxed, confident delivery always stood out. As you can see from his debut late night set on LNSM, he wasn’t afraid to tackle controversial topics, but never just to be edgy- always in service of an original angle and a great joke. It’s a shame we won’t get to see what he comes up with next.”

Kenny DeForest Released His Debut Album In 2017

Meanwhile, back in 2017, DeForest released his first stand-up album titled B.A.D. Dreams. He then received an invitation to go to Montreal for the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in 2018.

Beck writes DeForest was involved in an e-bike accident on Dec. 8. With this in mind, DeForest had to have neurological surgery. The reason it was done is to remove a piece of his skull to take pressure off of a brain bleed.

“Kenny’s impactful life will continue on through the gift of organ donation,” Beck wrote, according to EW.com. “Even in death, he will continue to make meaningful improvements in the lives of others.”

As for the GoFundMe page, it did start up to help the comedian’s family cover his medical bill costs. A donation goal of $150,000 was set. At a most recent check, the page fund had received close to $180,000.

Adam Conover Penned Lovely Tribute

“Kenny DeForest was one of the funniest and most beloved comics any of us knew,” comedian and Adam Ruins Everything host Adam Conover wrote on Instagram. “A tragedy. Watch his special on YouTube. It came out three months ago. It’s beautiful.”

“He was a tremendous person and comedian,” Beck told Deadline. “All of us in the New York comedy scene are truly devastated.” In light of his death, his many friends and family members will remember DeForest for his kindness and humor. There has not been any further word about the names of friends and family members.