The comic actor collapsed after a day of hunting in the woods of his native Wisconsin

By Tim Nudd
November 26, 2013 08:45 AM
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Jay Leggett, a comic actor who appeared on shows including In Living Color but who always returned to the woods of his native Wisconsin, died Saturday after collapsing on a deer hunt. He was 50.

His death was believed to be heart related, but the coroner in Lincoln County, Wis., said Monday that a final cause of death is still pending, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Leggett died at a family cabin in Tomahawk, Wis., where he grew up, after returning from a deer stand on an all-terrain vehicle.

After performing with Chicago’s ImprovOlympic comedy troupe in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Leggett moved to Los Angeles. He appeared in shows such as In Living Color, Ally McBeal and NYPD Blue and acted in, wrote and produced movies including Employee of the Month and Without a Paddle.

A big fan of hunting, he returned frequently to Tomahawk and made a documentary in 2011 about Lincoln County hunters.

“He was a Tomahawk boy, tried and true. And if he had to go, he couldn’t have gone in a better place,” a friend of nearly 30 years, Susan Messing, told the Wausau Daily Herald.

Leggett most recently was a writer, producer and star of a TV series called Factory on Spike TV.