“I [am] deeply shocked and saddened by this,” Weiss, who had known Nanda since the comedian was 19, told Deadline in a statement.
“He was a wonderful comic, but a better person,” Weiss added. “He had the world in front of him.”
A cause of death was not disclosed.
Nanda was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Indian immigrant parents before moving to Los Angeles. During his career, he appeared on series like “Adam Devine’s House Party,” “Flophouse” and “Coming to the Stage.”
The young comic seemed to cherish one triumph above all others, however.
“I would say my proudest accomplishment thus far in comedy is performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Nanda told the Ventura County Reporter in a 2018 interview.
“I’ve always wanted to do a set on late night, and Jimmy Kimmel was my first choice,” he continued. “I’ve performed on other networks like Comedy Central, Hulu, Viceland, etc., but Jimmy Kimmel was the first place I performed where my parents were a fan of the host.”
Nanda also told the VC Reporter that he grew up watching Comedy Central and would write down his favorite jokes to repeat later at school — but upon realizing that he was “stealing jokes,” he decided to start penning his own.
“RIP Neel Nanda,” Matt Rife wrote Saturday on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “You were one of the nicest, hardest working comedians I’ve ever called a friend and i hope you can be at peace brother.”
Other recollections of Nanda’s kind demeanor and talent were shared across tributes online.