Prolific television writer, author and journalist Jas Waters, also known as "JasFly" has died. The This Is Us writers' room confirmed the news on Twitter.
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. RIP @JasFly. pic.twitter.com/cmrh2OO8of
— ThisIsUsWriters (@ThisIsUsWriters) June 10, 2020
Waters is most recently known for her role as a writer on This Is Us from 2017-2018. She was also a writer for Comedy Central’s Hood Adjacent with James Davis, VH1’s The Breaks and most recently, Showtime’s Jim Carrey vehicle, Kidding. On the film front, she received a story by credit for 2019's What Men Want.
She also co-authored the memoir for Rap-A-Lot Records owner J. Prince, The Art & Science of Respect, and contributed to The Missing Piece: Finding The Better Part Of Me: A Love Journey, a novel by entrepreneur and motivational speaker Rob Hill, Sr.
In 2013, she starred on the VH1 reality show, The Gossip Game, about media personalities living in New York City.
In a lengthy 2018 interview with Shadow And Act, Waters discussed her journey in Hollywood.
She said in part, "We as people of color want to see ourselves; we deserve to see ourselves. So the fight first is to see ourselves — and that is a very rightful fight — but it’s a fight that I also fight. The shows that I create from now until the foreseeable future will probably feature people of color first, because I’m itching to tell our story. But that does not mean that you don’t have people of color working in the field, who are doing great work still telling the stories that are being told."
In the same interview, she told us she was working on developing Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh's 40 Days of Dating: An Experiment for the big screen.
Our thoughts go out to Waters' loved ones and everyone whose lives she touched.
Photo: Jas Waters