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Comedian Jay Leggett dies after killing deer

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Posted at 11:58 AM, Nov 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-25 11:59:17-05

(CNN) — Comedian Jay Leggett, who produced a documentary about the joys of deer hunting, died of natural causes at the end of a deer hunt Saturday.

Leggett, 50, collapsed and died next to his all-terrain vehicle at the end of a hunt on the first day of gun deer season in his native Tomahawk, Wisconsin, according to Lincoln County sheriff’s spokesman Mike Caylor. A deer that Leggett had killed was strapped to the ATV.

Leggett’s 2011 film “To the Hunt: Deer Season in Tomahawk, Wisconsin” documented deer camp life and “the fun, family and fraternity of the hunt,” according to promotional materials.

“The victim had returned to the cabin from his deer stand on an ATV,” the sheriff’s statement said. “When he got off the machine he collapsed and was found unresponsive by family members who immediately started CPR.”

Paramedics were unable to revive Leggett and the coroner pronounced him dead at the scene, Caylor said.

Leggett, who grew up in Tomahawk and lived in Los Angeles, acted on numerous television shows, including as an “In Living Color” cast member for the 1993 season.

He wrote, produced and acted in the 2004 comedy film “Employee of the Month,” starring Matt Dillon.

CNN’s Jane Caffrey contributed to this report.

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