This Is Us’ Creator Responds After Writer Jas Waters Dies At 39

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This is Us suffered an immeasurable loss this week after Jas Waters, a writer who worked on the hit NBC series, died at only 39. News broke Wednesday about her passing in a post from the NBC series and now creator Dan Fogelman has responded to the tragic news.

Of Jas Waters, Dan Fogelman noted that Jas was a key member of the team and someone who was an absolutely brilliant storyteller. The show creator shared a notable comment on Twitter speaking to Waters' work and the time she'd spent on the NBC drama. He wrote:

This news took my breath away. Jas was absolutely brilliant and had so many stories still to tell. She made an indelible mark on our show and my heart breaks for her loved ones. RIP.

Dan Fogelman’s comments came just a short time after news broke about Jas Waters’ death. Though details are scarce at this point and cause of death has not been mentioned, the This Is Us writing staff shared the news with the NBC fanbase in its own social media post.

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On This Is Us, Jas Waters had worked on the series fairly early in its run, contributing to 18 episodes between 2017 and 2018. As a staff writer, she had been a part of big episodes such as "The Wedding," in which Kate and Toby prep for their big wedding day. She then went on to work as a story editor on Kidding, the subscription cable series on Showtime starring Jim Carrey which recently aired its second season on the network. As a writer, Waters also contributed to the story for the 2019 movie What Men Want and had writing credits on Hood Adjacent with James Davis.

Still, the writer obviously had an impact on her This Is Us family. Along with Dan Fogelman, Mandy Moore sent her own comment out for Jas Waters' family and friends, noting, "Sending love and light to [Jas'] family and loved ones." She also sent out some heart emojis. Co-star Susan Kelechi Watson also commented after the news broke, saying,

Incredibly shocked and saddened to have just receive this news. Blessed Light, fly with the angels.

Jas Waters was proud of her background and the obstacles she had faced in becoming a screenwriter, telling Shadow and Act that she "never had a traditonal life," that she was raised in "an old folks home" and that she always felt "the rules" never really did apply to her. She used that attitude to carve out a small screen career and she will be missed by those her life touched. Our thoughts go out to all of those who knew and loved Jas Waters during this difficult time.

Jessica Rawden
Managing Editor

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