A writer for the hugely popular show, “This Is Us,” Jas Waters has died. She was 39. Beyond writing, she was a Chicago native, friend to many and an advocate for health.
The news of her death was confirmed by the This Is Us writers via their Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon.
“The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing,” the statement 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 @JasFly.”
Creator of the show, Dan Fogelman, also responded to the tragic news.
“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.”
On This Is Us, Jas Waters had worked on the series fairly early in its run, contributing to 18 episodes between 2017 and 2018. 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 write, Waters also contributed to the script for the 2019 movie What Men Want.
Prior to her being a Hollywood writer, Waters ran a successful entertainment blog, FlyStyleLife.com, for three years and later served as a pop-culture columnist for Vibe magazine. According to her LinkedIn profile, she interviewed the likes of Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee, Jay-Z, Warren Buffett, Joan Rivers, Drake and many more throughout her career.
Under the name JasFly, she starred in The Gossip Game, a VH1 reality series centered around bloggers and other media figures covering the music industry.
“I’m very audacious. This was always the plan for my life, even before I knew it,” she said in 2018 interview with Shadow and Act. “A billion things had to conspire together for me to get here. Listen, I was raised in an old folks’ home. I never had a traditional life; I never had a safe, cookie-cutter, predictable, affirming life.”
Back in 2013, Jas was all over the interwebs with her 100-pound weight loss which inspired so many other women to lose weight and get healthy as well.
“My grandmother’s death was, for me, this incredibly heartbreaking gift,” Jas said in a 2013 interview. “It was amazing to be with her when she left this Earth, but…