Kevin Barnett

Comedian Kevin Barnett died unexpectedly while on vacation in Mexico over the weekend. He was 32.

A coroner's report revealed Barnett died from internal bleeding related to pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas.

The Chief of Forensic Medical Service tells E! News:

"The corresponding autopsy was carried out, which determined that the cause of death was: Non Traumatic Hemorrhage, caused by pancreatitis. At the moment his body is still in facilities of the Forensic Medical Service of Tijuana, waiting to be delivered to his family members who are performing the legal proceedings."

The pancreas is a large gland that sits below and behind the stomach. It produces hormones and digestive enzymes that neutralizes stomach acid in the duodenum - where digested food enters the first part of the small intestine.

There are two types of pancreatitis: acute and chronic. Acute pancreatitis means sudden onset of inflammation. Chronic pancreatitis means a longterm illness.

The most common cause of pancreatitis is blockage from a gallstone in the common bile duct. The blockage obstructs the flow of bile and pancreatic juices into the duodenum, which backs up into the pancreas, allowing digestive juices to attack the pancreas. The inflammation causes serious damage to the gland, infection and cysts.

In severe cases, there is bleeding into the pancreas, likely caused by trauma from a fall or cancerous tumors. In Barnett’s case, his bleeding was non-traumatic, meaning he did not injure himself prior to his death.

Barnett is best known as a writer for comedy shows such as Rel, The Carmichael Show, Lucas Bros. Moving Co., and Broad City.

He also co-hosted the Round Table of Gentlemen podcast.

In Barnett's final Instagram post dated Jan. 19, he did not appear to be in any distress. He captioned an image: "In mexico. Bought myself a sweater. Been accused of appropriation several times. In my head I just gave a lady some money so I ain’t cold. Either way. Swag heavy. Mixtape comin. .. @alexjonesbaby".


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  • tintin

    how in the world did this happen to him?
    what sign would he have had to know something was wrong? was it something he ate??

  • Kim’s Original Face

    This is so sad. Too young wayyy too young.

    Like how does this even happen? What kinda pain or symptoms do you have this is crazy

    Rest up young brother ??

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  • jujumanji

    This is so sad. May he Rest in peace. Prayers to his family and friends.

  • Society Has Changed

    I’m not not familiar with him, but death is hard so I send prayers to his family.

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  • Seldomseen

    Wow, condolences to his family

  • Nina Ross

    Can those ‘street tacos’ cause this? Tijuana is food poisoning city RIP

  • Trey

    How did this happen?

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    So sad

  • justlooking

    Not that quickly. That would be on hell of parasite and Chiptile would have killed millions.

  • Rayscoty

    He was murdered..

  • justlooking

    God bless his family, do young.

    Listen family, if you are..stop self medicating. If my big toe hurt I go to the doctors. You don't have insurance work with the providers billing department.

  • justlooking

    Why and how.

  • Rayscoty

    I'm not visiting a place where the local people trying to escape...

  • Youcan’tbanmesucka

    For the remaining Rel episodes??????

  • Judge Mental Will

    That's so damn sad mad so young.

    On another note see what you started black people? Since we always complaining about culture appropriation, now we being accused of it. Trust me, we do barrow from other cultures more than anyone, well except the KarTRASHians. I say who cares, the man was cold.

  • garrisonville

    My goodness. He wasn't in any pain or anything prior to? He had to of felt something going on in his body. I know men hate going to the Dr. but wow this is sad. RIP young King.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    WHO? ?

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    One day ya here and ya gone...I have a lot of friends who still dabble in heavy drugs dying in their sleep and have heart attacks... people be health conscious

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    My sister stay talking about let’s go to Mexico... I tell her read the news on how many people getting killed on the resorts there

  • Mirella

    That's the cause of death of my father. He was 36 years-old. Was sick for 3-4 days after Christmas and died.

  • Renee26

    Man! I hope he didn't experience excruciating pain.

  • Renee26

    Lol... That's damn near everywhere!

  • Renee26

    I have a friend who suffers from chronic pancreatitis. She felt a bad pain and rushed to the hospital. They did emergency surgery and now she's takes meds...and always stays close to a restroom because she can't "hold it" for long.

  • Miss Thang

    I’m so surprised by this. Pancreatitis is usually extremely painful. How did he not know something was wrong?

  • KcoolMuziq

    I had a close friend who had major pancreatic issues and he was an alcoholic. He was in severe pain. But it would come and go and wasn’t constant. But when it hit he had to go in the hospital. I’m pretty sure this was an on going issue with Kevin.

  • Love Luv

    Hope she gets better. I know this is probably challenging for her

  • NewNew

    Wow, my condolences. That's way too young ?

  • Topic Influencer

    My dad had this and it was awful. He didnt die from it but was on his long list of ailments and this was one of the worse. He had to actually be medicated into a slight coma one bout bc he was legit just laying there hollering til he went hoarse.

    So sorry for this young man. RIP

  • Trice

    My cousin is in the hospital right now, going on 2 weeks and it's because of his pancreas. Him and his wife just came back from Mexico. His wife was like he had drinks in Mexico, but the doc was like no this didn't just happen from a few days vacation. My cousin been drinking and she didn't know how much apparently. Anyways prayers to this young man and to my cousin as well. I hope he's able to go home soon .

  • Renee26

    She's a beautiful spirit and takes it in stride never letting it get her down. Funny thing was she was laying up in the hospital recovering... selling her jewelry by bedside ? forever hustling chile!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Poor baby.
    Pray he is able to rest easy.
    Thank God there were no drugs/alcohol/foolishness involved.

  • Yui

    He also co-hosted the Round Table of Gentlemen podcast.

    Listen to the podcast all the time. He was a chill dude, sad for those who knew he best.

  • hi-liter

    So it’s safe to say he prolly had pancreatic cancer, or on the first of the most aggressive cancers at that. Way too young.....

  • Erin

    byeeeeeeeeeeeee (I don't wanna increase my chances of being on the VIP list to HELL so I won't Laugh)

  • garrisonville

    I had a friend that this happened to. He didn't die. But was rushed to a hospital for emergency surgery & was in very serious condition. I know it's not a gender thing, but it's weird how it seems mostly men have had this.



  • Logan Roberts

    This was my first time hearing of him. RIP talented young man ?

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    SUCH A YOUNG MAN!! IN HOPE HE DIDN'T SUFFER....SOOOOO I zoomed in on his face and um what's that in his nose?

  • Yoni7

    Birds of a feather....

  • Yoni7

    people getting killed on the resorts
    I'm sure that's why she wants YOU to go.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Live life til the very last second!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Except maybe Bora Bora & Tahiti. Looking at 1/2 naked brown young men all day on the beach sounds like the way to live!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Being young and a man he may have ignored any early symptoms. Condolences to the family and friends.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Sad. Sounds like he could have had a very long career in writing.

  • hi-liter

    Chile you stupid if you think pancreatitis doesn’t lead to pancreatic cancer in some cases. This bullshat you put in all caps is what’s dumb.

  • hi-liter

    Chronic pancreatitis. Chronic pancreatitis, a long-term inflammation of the pancreas, is linked with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. Chronic pancreatitis is sometimes due to an inherited gene mutation.
    ????You got that? Now STFU

  • Bossy704

    Well damn.

  • davine puddin

    I had a long term undiagnosed gall bladder issue. Which blocked my bile duct and caused pancreatitis i was in hospital almost a month lost everything i owned. Thats when I finally got help for mental illness too. My life is better since i am getting my mental help just wishbi had 1 friend or could atleast not get paranoid being around others. Sorry for venting and making this about me. Rip

  • HoneyHitchcock

    I was asking myself the same question. Is that some type of powder?

  • Renee Bee

    I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. ((Hugs))

  • BingBangBoom

    That's straight cocaine in his nose.. Smh..
    God rest his soul.. Gone way to young.
    If your not feeling well go to the hospital immediately. Your health is so important and is priceless..

  • Chicagowise

    Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you well.

  • dontgetblocked

    My Lord. After reading the comments below I don't know what to say. I didn't know this was deadly. Are there no signs? People are just keeling over sick and dying. Sweet Jesus. This is why I stay up in my Dr's office and go to all the specialists she recommends.

  • dontgetblocked

    The resorts are safe. Everywhere else is dangerous.There are safe spots that you can fly to and enjoy safely. Any place else and you might be a shooting target.

  • Youcan’tbanmesucka

    Ah shit you're right. Looks like that booger sugar!

  • Youcan’tbanmesucka

    Ah shit you're right. Looks like that booger sugar!

  • Jalavi127

    Davine I’m glad you’re doing better. Trust me i can relate on the mental issue. God got you... hang n there. If u ever wanna vent feel free :)

  • Veleicema Idella

    UH HUH ,..YEAH RITE,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Allihave2say

    I believe it' the coca as well.

  • Miss Foxx

    I think it was Pancreatic cancer as well .

  • mona q

    Some of y’all are just pure evil. A man is dead. All you can do is speculate and try to discredit the autopsy which has no reason to be falsified. SMDH.