Trevor Moore, who grew up in Charlottesville and co-founded the Whitest Kids U Know, a sketch comedy group, died in an accident Friday, according to media reports.
The 41-year-old drew the local Cuddy comic strip when he was a teenager and hosted “The Trevor Moore Show” on Charlottesville public access TV, which started airing in 1996. More recently, he was the creator and host of a show by the same name on Comedy Central.
He also was the co-creator and executive producer for a Disney comedy series “Just Roll With It,” which started in 2019.
Moore, a 1998 Covenant School graduate who majored in film at the School of Visual Arts in New York, became the youngest published cartoonist when he released “Scraps,” a book of cartoons, at age 12.
He began his weekly “Cuddy” strip at age 16 at the now-defunct Charlottesville weekly The Observer. The comic strip eventually moved to The Daily Progress.
On the local public access show, Moore and his friends performed sketches such as a fake documentary about a colony of people who blew up when exposed to a camera, according to The Hook. They also played pranks such as dialing random Shiffletts from the phone book.
After going to New York City for college, he interned at “Saturday Night Live” and worked in the NBC page program.
In a statement, the Moore family, including his wife, Aimee Carlson, said they were devastated. He also is survived by a son, August.
“He was known as a writer and comedian to millions, and yet to us he was simply the center of our whole world,” the statement read. “We don’t know how we’ll go on without him, but we’re thankful for the memories we do have that will stay with us forever. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you please respect our privacy during this time of grieving.”
Moore founded the Whitest Kids U Know with Zach Cregger, Sam Brown, Timmy Williams and Darren Trumeter. The team had their own television show by the same name on IFC, which ran for five seasons.
Cregger and Brown said in a statement that they lost their brother, collaborator and driving force behind the comedy group.
“He was our best friend, and we speak for all of us in saying that the loss of Trevor is unimaginable,” they said in the statement. “We are heartbroken and our grief pales in comparison to the loss felt by his wife and son. On behalf of WKUK, we ask for privacy during our time of profound grief, and strength for his family who are dealing with the impossible thought of living life without him. Our hope is that friends, fellow artists, and fans that loved him will not focus on his death, but will remember the countless moments of laughter he gave them.”
The team behind the Whitest Kids U Know also went on to write and produce two films: “Miss March” and “The Civil War On Drugs.”
No further information was available Sunday about the nature of the accident.
The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to NEXT for Autism, according to Deadline.