Jay Leggett Dies; In Living Color Star Was 50

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Jay Leggett, a comedian, actor and screenwriter who starred on one season of Fox's In Living Color, died on Saturday. He collapsed during a deer hunt.

Legget was hunting near his hometown of Tomahawk, Wis. when emergency crews were called to a cabin and found family members doing CPR.

Jay was just 50 years old.

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The late actor's death is believed to be heart related, although the Lincoln County coroner said Monday that a final cause of death is still pending.

A onetime regular on the Chicago improv comedy scene in the late '80s and early '90s, Leggett went on to appear on In Living Color for one season.

His other credits include Ally McBeal, Star Trek: Voyager, ER, Between Brothers, Spike TV's Factory, NYPD Blue and The Drew Carey Show.

He co-produced 2004's Employee of the Month, which starred Matt Damon and Christina Applegate, and he wrote the comedy Without a Paddle.

While Legget was living in L.A. at the time of his death, teaching improv, acting and writing, a piece of his heart always stayed in his hometown.

"He was doing what he loved," Mary Schlag, the manager of the Tomahawk Cinema told the Wausau Daily Herald after Leggett's tragic death.

"If there's any comfort in passing, that's it."

"He was doing something that he loved."