(WJW) – A Cleveland-born and raised comedian whose popularity was rising has unexpectedly died.

David Arnold is dead at age 54, according to his family.

Arnold was in the midst of a comedy tour. He filmed his latest Netflix special, “It ain’t for the weak,” at the Hanna-theater at Playhouse Square.

Arnold was also a writer and producer for “Fuller House” on Netflix, and “Bigger” on BET.

His family told the Los Angeles Times he passed away peacefully at home and that doctors have ruled the cause of death as natural causes.