Chris Cotton, a comic best known for his many performances on Comedy Central, was found dead this week.
He was 32 years old.
A Philadelphia native, Cotton recently headlined Caroline's, one of the most popular comedy clubs in New York City, and was expecting his first child in February with Erica Lynn, his girlfriend since high school.
The tragic news was confirmed on Twitter by the aforementioned cable network.
Wrote Comedy Central:
"We’re devastated by the loss of Chris Cotton – a hilarious comedian, a beloved member of the Comedy Central family and a joy to be around. He will be missed."
Shortly after learning of Cotton's passing, the comedian's friends, fans and fellow stand-ups took to Twitter to pay tribute, sharing heartwarming messages in honor of the star.
"Chris Cotton was a beautiful person with so much love to give," Nate Dern, a writer for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Tweeted as an example, adding:
"Everyone loved him instantly. He regularly made me laugh so hard that I cried. I am honored that I got to work with him and know him. Love you, Chris. Rest In Peace."
One of the most famous comedians out there, Hannibal Buress, also shared his thoughts:
A few weeks ago, Chris Cotton randomly hit me up to thank me for a gig I got him YEARS ago that led to some other work for him.
I was in the middle of booking Isola Fest and booked him during the call. I was psyched to see him this weekend. RIP.
And then there was this from Sal Vulcano:
So sad to hear about Chris Cotton. He was always kind and always real. And I always noticed him helping others get work and get booked. (including myself)
His wife is due in February. Heartbreaking. Will tweet any info to donate as soon as I find out.
And this from Alexis Guerreros:
Legit heart broken at the new about Chris Cotton. He was a homie and wonderful human being. He’ll be missed greatly. RIP.
And this from Dave Attell:
What a terrible night, I am still in shock over the loss of Chris Cotton..he was young, fun and had so much left to do.....Its tragic. My heart goes out to his family.
According to a GoFundMe page that was created for Cotton's family, there will be memorial/comedy shows in New York City and Philadelphia to celebrate his life.
No cause of death has been determined at this time.
May Chris Cotton rest in peace.