Comedian Jay Leggett dies at 50

11/25/2013 1:50 PM

11/25/2013 2:02 PM

Comic Jay Leggett, 50, died after a day of hunting on the opening weekend of the nine-day firearms deer season near his hometown of Tomahawk, Wisc., authorities said Sunday.

Emergency crews were called to a cabin near Tomahawk just after 4 p.m. Saturday. They arrived to find family members performing CPR on Leggett. Paramedics continued without success. The coroner responded and pronounced Leggett dead, the The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

Witnesses told officers Leggett had returned from a deer stand on an ATV just before collapsing.

Leggett's movie and TV credits included parts in 26 episodes of "In Living Color," plus one-time roles in "NYPD Blue," ''ER," ''Ally McBeal," ''Star Trek Voyager," and "The Drew Carey Show," and other shows, according to

He released a documentary in 2011 called "To The Hunt," which featured the northwoods hunting culture as told through scenes at several Lincoln County hunting shacks. He also performed with the ImprovOlympic troupe in Chicago.

He was born in Tomahawk and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the Wausau Daily Herald reported.


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