Television writer and hip-hop journalist Jas Waters, aka Jas Fly, has died, according to her representatives at Rain Management Group. In addition, a Twitter account representing writers at the NBC series This Is Us wrote, “The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing. 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,” reads the statement. Jas Waters was 39 years old.
Jasmine Waters grew up in Evanston, Illinois. As she told Shadow & Ash in 2018, she was “raised in an old folks’ home” and grew up watching all kinds of television. Early in her career, she worked as a columnist for Vibe and appeared on the VH1 reality series The Gossip Game. As she entered the television world, Waters landed jobs on VH1’s hip-hop series The Breaks and Comedy Central’s Hood Adjacent With James Davis.
In 2018, Waters co-wrote Rap-A-Lot founder James Prince’s autobiography The Art & Science of Respect: A Memoir. Her most recent television work included This Is Us and the Showtime series Kidding, starring Jim Carrey. As of 2018, Waters was working on a feature-length film based on the 2015 book 40 Days of Dating.
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