Comedian Kenny DeForest Dies After New York City Bike Crash – Comedian Kenny DeForest, recognized for his appearances on talk shows like Late Night with Seth Meyers and the Late Show with James Corden, passed away at the age of 37 following a bike accident in New York. His friend and fellow comedian Ryan Beck confirmed the tragic incident, revealing that DeForest crashed while riding an e-bike on December 8.
Initial accounts indicated that DeForest was hit by a car, but Beck now clarifies that further information negates a hit-and-run scenario. Instead, it appears that DeForest might have had a bike accident at the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Sterling Place in Brooklyn, with no involvement of another vehicle. Beck said: “We’ve learned more information today from an EMS report. Kenny was on an e-bike and crashed.”
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“I spoke with crossing guards at the area today, and am still in search of more information. There is no police report because it was not a hit and run as first understood.” Contrary to incidents where cyclists are fatally struck by cars, the NYPD was allegedly not summoned to the scene. Following the accident, Kenny DeForest was taken to Brooklyn’s Kings County Hospital, where he underwent brain surgery to address a brain bleed.
Tragically, he passed away at the hospital, surrounded by friends and family, as noted in a GoFundMe organized by Beck for DeForest’s family. “Kenny’s final moments included some of his favorite songs, stories of his childhood, and memories of his extensive positivity and joy for life,” the GoFundMe page said. The GoFundMe campaign has exceeded its $150,000 target.
The rising number of bike accidents in major cities like New York is a matter of concern. According to city data, 26 cyclists lost their lives in 2023, marking the second deadliest year for bike riders after 1999. The severity of cyclist fatalities led then-Mayor Bill de Blasio to declare an “emergency” in 2019. Despite having 1,500 miles of cycling space in New York City, only 623 miles are protected bicycle lanes.
Although the city’s Department of Transportation aimed to construct 50 miles of protected bike lanes in 2023, they fell short, completing only around 30 miles. In October, cyclists gathered in Washington Square Park for a vigil honoring those killed while riding, urging Mayor Eric Adams and his administration to take action. Following the passing of comedian Kenny DeForest, friends and admirers shared their condolences on social media.
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On Thursday, the official X account for Late Night with Seth Meyers also paid tribute to DeForest: “Kenny DeForest was a universally beloved comedian who died tragically, and much too young. His relaxed, confident delivery always stood out. As you can see from his debut late night set on LNSM, he wasn’t afraid to tackle controversial topics, but never just to be edgy – always in service of an original angle and a great joke. It’s a shame we won’t get to see what he comes up with next.”