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Comedian Kevin Barnett Died Of Complications From Pancreatitis

Comedian, ‘Rel’ co-creator Kevin Barnett died of complications from pancreatitis
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Jan. 24 2019, Published 10:32 p.m. ET

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Comedian Kevin Barnett died of complications from pancreatitis, has learned.

The autopsy on Barnett, who was co-creator of the Fox comedy Rel, revealed he suffered from a Non Traumatic Hemorrhage, caused by pancreatitis.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, pancreatitis is a “rare disease in which the pancreas becomes inflamed.” Severe pancreatitis can result in damage to other vital organs such as the heart, lung and kidneys, and can be caused by gallstones and/or an abundance of alcohol ingestion.

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As reported, Barnett died suddenly while vacationing in Mexico on January 22. His last Instagram post showed him on vacation with the caption: “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.”

Reports indicate his body will be transferred from Tijuana to family members in the U.S. for burial. A celebration of life will be held in Barnett's honor at The Bell House in Brooklyn on Friday, Jan. 25.

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"Our hearts are broken, as are those of everyone at ‘REL’, at the news of Kevin Barnett's passing," Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment told E! News in a statement. "He was an incredibly funny, wildly talented man who had so much more to do and so many more stories to tell. We send our thoughts and prayers to his friends and family during this difficult time."

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