Comedian Kenny DeForest dies in NYC bike accident

 December 17, 2023

Comedian Kenny DeForest died Wednesday following a crash while riding an e-bike in Brooklyn.

DeForest, 37, crashed the previous Friday when his bike hit a parked vehicle.

The details

"The NYPD didn’t disclose further details of the crash but said no criminality is suspected and the investigation is ongoing," the New York Post reported.

"The comic was transported to Kings County Hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove a piece of his skull to relieve pressure from brain bleeding before he died, according to a GoFundMe page set up for his family by fellow comedian, Ryan Beck," it added.

The announcement

"DeForest’s friend Ryan Beck announced the news via a GoFundMe page," US Weekly reported.

“Kenny DeForest is and was a truly positive influence on all the lives he touched. Kenny died on Wednesday December 13th at Kings County Hospital surrounded by his parents, family, and friends. Kenny’s final moments included some of his favorite songs, stories of his childhood, and memories of his extensive positivity and joy for life," it continued.

His career

"In 2015, DeForest was included as one of Comedy Central's Comics to Watch and was listed by Brooklyn Magazine as one of the 50 Funniest People in the NYC borough the following year," E News reported.

"He released his debut stand-up album B.A.D. Dreams with Comedy Dynamics in 2017, debuting as number one on iTunes. That same year, he made his first appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers and went on to be featured on The Late Late Show with James Corden, TruTV's Friends of the People and HBO's Crashing," it noted.

The investigation is ongoing into the tragic crash that led to the death of the young comedian. He reportedly rode a CitiBike in Brooklyn, according to police.

Many friends and fans have left tributes online as news of his death spread starting Wednesday.

The sad news of his passing marks the end of the young comedian's life who brought happiness to many through his numerous shows and specials during the span of his career cut short by the accident on the streets of the city where much of his work unfolded.


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