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'This Is Us' Writer Jas Waters Dies by Suicide at 39

Writer Jas Waters has died by suicide at the age of 39, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office, on Wednesday. Waters was a writer for the hit NBC show “This Is Us” and wrote for other film and TV projects, including “Kidding,” “What Men Want” and “Hood Adjacent With James Davis.”

“The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing,” writers from “This Is Us” shared on Twitter. “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.”

“This Is Us” has received praise for how it handles difficult topics, including mental health. Waters was open about her own mental health on Twitter, saying she struggled with anxiety. She also shared how she was coping — cooking — and let fans know they weren’t alone. “If you’re struggling just to keep the fear of the unknown in check, know that you’re not alone. I’m with you,” she wrote.

Fans, friends and colleagues reacted to Waters’ death on Twitter and shared condolences.

If this news is hard for you, know you are not alone — and there is help for people who feel suicidal. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

Header image via Jas Waters’ Twitter