Comedian Neel Nanda Dead at 32: Matt Rife and More Pay Tribute

Comedian Neel Nanda, who performed stand-up on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, died at the age of 32, his rep confirmed Dec. 24. Read moving tributes from Matt Rife and more below.

By Jess Cohen Dec 24, 2023 5:05 PMTags
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The entertainment world has lost a beloved member. 

Neel Nanda, a stand-up comedian who appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Comedy Central's Adam Devine's House Party, has died at the age of 32.

"I [am] deeply shocked and saddened by this," Nanda's manager Greg Weiss said in a Dec. 24 statement to Deadline. "He was a wonderful comic, but a better person. He had the world in front of him."

A cause of death has yet to be shared publicly. 

As news of Nanda's passing emerged, many fans, friends and fellow stars took to social media to pay tribute. 

"RIP Neel Nanda," Matt Rife wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Dec. 23. "You were one of the nicest, hardest working comedians I've ever called a friend and i hope you can be at peace brother."

Fellow comedian Mario Adrion, who recently performed alongside Nanda, also penned a gut-wrenching message to his friend.

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"I just did shows with him in Canada last week and am f--king heartbroken," Adrion wrote on Instagram Dec. 23. "We only met this year but he brought a lot of light and positivity into my life in the short time I got to spend with him."

"Neel was a great comedian and always made an effort to lift up others around him- I am grateful I got to meet him," he added. "Much love to his family and everyone who's grieving!"

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Meanwhile, The Port comedy club—where Nanda previously performed—took to their Instagram page on Dec. 23 to honor his legacy.

"It is with a very heavy heart we say good bye to comedy great, Neel Nanda," the club's message began. "Absolutely shocked by the news. Such a positive force for comedy and a huge loss to our community."

"Rest in Peace Neel," their tribute concluded. "Thank you for gracing our stage and piano, a great headliner, gone too soon."

Dane Cook also shared a message on Nanda's passing. "I didn't know Neel Nanda personally," he noted on X, "but reading several tributes is both heart breaking and eye opening."

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