Jay Leggett, ‘In Living Color’ Comedian, Dies At 50 After Deer Hunt
Jay Leggett, the comic actor who appeared in In Living Color, died of natural causes on Saturday on the first day of gun deer season.
According to a post on DecoyPro, Leggett had been out hunting deer on Saturday in his hometown of Tomahawk, Wisc. After strapping a deer to his all-terrain vehicle, Leggett apparently collapsed and later died, the Lincoln Country sheriff’s spokesperson Mike Caylor told CNN.
“The victim had returned to the cabin from his deer stand on an ATV,” the sheriff’s statement read. “When he got off the machine he collapsed and was found unresponsive by family members who immediately started CPR.”
When paramedics arrived at the scene, they were unable to revive Leggett and pronounced him dead.
Leggett produced a film in 2011 titled To the Hunt: Deer Season in Tomahawk, Wisconsin that gave a look inside his beloved deer camp life that advocated “the, fun, family and fraternity of the hunt.”
Leggett began his comedy career with The Improv Olympic in Chicago, acting alongside the likes of Mike Meyers and Chris Farley. He appeared on TV sketch comedy show In Living Color in 1993. He subsequently landed a number of guest starring roles on TV and bit parts in movies, including 2004 flick Employee of the Month for which he also served as a co-writer with director Mitch Rouse.
More recently, Leggett had turned his focus to teaching. At the time of his death, he instructed actors at Comedy Now L.A., where Pitch Perfect actor Adam DeVine was one of his pupils.
– Chelsea Regan