2020 In Memoriam

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actor Milo Ventimiglia (C) and the cast of "This Is Us" onstage during the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Writer, journalist, and television personality, Jas Waters (also known as Jas Fly) has passed away at the age of 39. The news of Waters’ death was confirmed by the official Twitter account of This Is Us Writers, the hit NBC television show that she wrote for.

“The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing,” the statement, which was released on Wednesday (June 10), read. “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.”

During Waters’ career, she also wrote for Showtime’s Kidding and worked on VH1’s The Breaks, as well as Comedy Central’s Hood Adjacent With James Davis. Waters also starred on VH1’s The Gossip Game and wrote a column for Vibe.

Many celebrities, writers, and media representatives took to social media to mourn the loss of Waters, including This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman, Issa Rae, Mandy Moore, Tamron Hall, and John Mayer.



Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.