Comedian and actor Teddy Ray dies at a Rancho Mirage home

An actor and stand-up comedian who had appeared on TV shows on HBO, MTV and other networks died in Rancho Mirage last week.

The Riverside County coroner, which is part of the sheriff's department, announced Teddy Ray's death on Saturday. Ray's legal name was Theadore Brown, which is how the sheriff's department identified him. Ray died in the Santo Thomas gated community on Friday.

Sheriff's Sgt. Brandi Swan, who said deputies responded to a call about the death at a private residence, said Ray's cause of death was unknown, according to the Associated Press.

But the celebrity news outlet TMZ reported Monday that the sheriff's department received a call that Ray had been found by a maintenance worker floating in a swimming pool. Deputies responded at about 10 a.m. and found Ray dead in the pool, TMZ also reported. They said deputies do not suspect foul play.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department did not respond to multiple inquiries from The Desert Sun seeking to confirm that information Monday and Tuesday.

The coroner's press release stated Ray was a resident of Gardena, and it was unclear why he had been in Rancho Mirage.

Deadline reported that Ray, who was 32, was a regular at comedy clubs across the nation and had performed at one in Washington DC about five weeks ago. Ray had developed a wide following by posting videos of his stand-up routines and other comedy content on YouTube and social media sites. He had over 200,000 followers on Instagram and 33,000 more on his YouTube channel.

Ray was also known to television audiences, having recently appeared on the HBO Max comedy series "PAUSE with Sam Jay." He had previously performed on other comedy series and shows, including BET's Comic View, MTV's Wild N' Out, Comedy Central Stand Ups and HBO's All Def Comedy, according to his bio on the website for Improv Hollywood, a chain of comedy clubs where Ray had performed in the past.

Entertainment companies and some of Ray's fellow comedians reacted with sadness to the news of Ray's death.

"Teddy Ray was a hilarious and beloved performer," said TV network Comedy Central in a Twitter statement Friday. "He'll be deeply missed by the entire comedy community."

All Def Digital, a multi-platform media company that Ray had collaborated with, tweeted Saturday that it was "heartbroken" about the news of Ray's death. "We will miss him every day but we know he will have Heaven laughing," the tweet read.

This story incorporated reporting from The Associated Press.

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