Comedy Central Star Neel Nanda Has Died Aged 32

Neel Nanda Dead: The Comedy Central star has tragically died just days after his 32nd birthday.
Credit: @neelnanda/Instagram & ABC

Neel Nanda has died just days after celebrating his 32nd birthday. 

The stand-up comedian appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Comedy Central’s Adam DeVine’s House Party.

He also made guest appearances on MTV, IFC’s Garkunkel and Oates and Amazon Prime’s Inside Joke, according to the biography on his website.

Nanda’s fans have been left devastated by the announcement of his shock passing.

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The comedian’s manager, Greg Weiss, confirmed the sad news to several outlets, including Deadline, Variety and USA Today.

“I [am] deeply shocked and saddened by this. He was a wonderful comic, but a better person,” Weiss said (via Deadline). “He had the world in front of him.”

He went on to describe Nanda as a ‘great comic’ and ‘great human being’, as per Variety.

At the time of writing, Nanda’s cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Neel Nanda
Neel Nanda has died just days after celebrating his 32nd birthday. Credit: @neelnanda/Instagram

Tributes for the stand-up comedian are pouring in on X (formerly known as Twitter), with one person writing: “RIP legend, gone too soon.”

Another adds: “Heartbreaking news. RIP. Neel Nanda [was] one of the funniest up-and-coming Indian American comics on the scene.

“Way too talented, gone way too soon.”

Somebody else says: “RIP Neel Nanda. Such a sweet and funny dude.”

“RIP Neel Nanda. A lovely, talented comic, dedicated to the craft,” pens another.

Fellow comedian Matt Rife comments: “RIP Neel Nanda. You were one of the nicest, hardest-working comedians I’ve ever called a friend and I hope you can be at peace brother.”

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Nanda, who described his comedy as ‘personable and relatable’, was born in Atlanta, Georgia – his parents had immigrated from India.

The star’s love for comedy began as a child, he would reportedly tell jokes from Comedy Central in a notebook and retell them at school.

Nanda told VC Reporter in a 2018 profile: “I didn’t realise I was stealing jokes until I was in high school.

“When I was in high school I started writing my own jokes using the structure of some of the jokes I had previously stolen.

“I filled up a notebook of jokes and didn’t realise until college that I could go to an open mic and tell them.”

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Neel Nanda’s love for comedy began as a child. Credit: @neelnanda/Instagram

He also revealed to the outlet that the proudest moment in his career was appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and doing a late-night set.

Nanda, who was based in Los Angeles, said the show was ‘the first place I performed where my parents were a fan of the host’.

The stand-up comedian had been performing a weekend of comedy shows before his death.

Nanda is survived by his father, mother and sister.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.