Comedian Teddy Ray dies at 32

Comedian Teddy Ray dies at 32

Published August 13, 2022
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About 10 a.m. Friday, Riverside County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about a death at a private residence in the desert community of Rancho Mirage, Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brandi Swan told The Times.

His last Instagram post came two weeks ago to mark his birthday. He was pictured smiling, sitting in the driver’s seat of a gleaming sedan. “Pulling up on 32 like…..Lord I thank you for another lap around this hot … sun.

A talented performer who burst on the comedy scene about a decade ago, Ray was featured in YouTube videos and in stand-up acts around the country, including in L.A. and Washington, D.C. He first gained prominence through Russell Simmons’ platform, All Def Digital, and several of his sketches went viral, inspiring popular memes.

“Rest in Power to our longtime creative collaborator and friend, Teddy Ray,” Issa Rae’s media company, Hoorae Media, wrote on Twitter. “Grateful for the energy you always brought to our projects and sets!”