The comedian, whose real name was Theadore Brown, was found dead early on Friday in Rancho Mirage, a hamlet in the desert, according to reports from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office and the county’s coroner’s office, according to the Los Angeles Times. The cause of death remained unknown, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Brandi Swan, who stated that deputies responded to a call regarding the fatality at a private property.
Upon hearing of Ray’s passing, entertainment firms and some of his fellow comedians expressed their sorrow.
“Teddy Ray was a hilarious and beloved performer,” TV network Comedy Central said in a Twitter statement. “He’ll be deeply missed by the entire comedy community.”
All Def Digital, a multi-platform media company that Ray had collaborated with, tweeted that it was “heartbroken” about the news of Ray’s death. “We will miss him every day but we know he will have Heaven laughing,” the tweet read.
Ray appeared as the bailiff on “PAUSE with Sam Jay,” appeared in the digital series Cancel Court, and was a stand-up comedian.