This Is Us stars paid tribute to writer Jas Waters, who passed away at age 39
Trigger warning: This post mentions suicide.
On Wednesday, June 10th, NBC’s This Is Us confirmed the death of writer Jas Waters, who worked on the second season of the critically-acclaimed drama. Waters was 39 years old. Since then, many of the show’s cast and crew have paid tribute to Waters across social media.
“The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing,” the official This Is Us Twitter page wrote on Wednesday. “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.”
Series creator Dan Fogelman wrote on Twitter that same day, “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.”
This Is Us stars, including Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, Niles Fitch, and Susan Kelechi Watson, all shared their condolences for Waters’ loved ones 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,” Metz wrote on June 10th. “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.”
Before she was a screenwriter, Waters wrote as a journalist for Vibe magazine, as Deadline reports. She then moved on to write for VH1’s The Breaks, Comedy Central’s Hood Adjacent with James Davis, and Showtime’s Kidding, in addition to This Is Us. Waters also earned a story-by credit on What Men Want, starring Taraji P. Henson.
Waters’ death was ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office. If you or someone you know is suffering with suicidal thoughts, do not hesitate to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Waters will be missed by friends, family, colleagues, and fans of This Is Us alike.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.