The cause of death for actor and comedian Jelani Day has been revealed. The coroner said in a statement that the actor’s death was due to drowning. He was found in his home with alcohol and prescription drugs in his system, according to TMZ. This is not the first time that Day has died this year; he had passed away on January 18th after committing suicide by jumping from an apartment building roof. He was only 26-years-old.
Jelani Day is known for his roles on The X Factor , True Jackson, VP and The Vampire Diaries . He also appeared in the films Not Waving Drowning and Gone Too Soon as well as a slew of commercials for McDonald’s , Chipotle and PepsiCo. He had recently discussed the topic of depression and suicide in an interview with B. Scott before his death earlier this year. Day stated that he was deeply depressed last year because his career wasn’t progressing as quickly as he had hoped, but now he is focusing on enjoying life and not taking things for granted.
We will continue to follow any news or updates regarding Jelani Day. He will be missed by his fans, peers and everyone that knew him throughout the years.
R.I.P., Jelani Day. Our deepest condolences go out to all of his family and friends during this difficult time. He will be missed.
This is the second death of a former reality star in less than two weeks. On October 15th, former Real Housewives of New York star Jill Zarin’s husband Bobby passed away from cancer.
We will continue to bring you any news or updates on Jelani Day and all other reality stars as we hear them. If there are any major revelations for this story, we will let you know.
Thoughts go out to the friends and family of Jelani Day.
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I got this email from an anonymous person who claims to work at TMZ and I am sharing for those interested. In part it states: In regards to your latest article on Jelani, we at TMZ can confirm what is listed there as well as some of the following Jelani was known to be a heavy drinker and drug user not saying that’s what caused his death but it’s definitely part of why he had depression issues Overdose is suspected Alcohol and drugs were found in his system. We are told that the family has already started cremating his body but they do want to do an autopsy as well. Please don’t publish this email but I wanted to share the news with you for those who were interested. Best, TMZ Staff