Wagswoofs – Comedian Kenny DeForest’s legacy will continue to shine through the lives of five individuals who have benefited from his organ donations. Tragically, DeForest passed away on October 13th due to a brain bleed sustained from a fall off an e-bike in New York City. At the age of 37, his untimely death left a void in the comedy world and beyond. However, his selfless act of organ donation serves as a reminder of his compassion and the lasting impact he had on others.
DeForest’s generous act of organ donation resulted in saving the lives of five individuals in need, as reported by LiveOnNY, a nonprofit organization dedicated to organ donation. He selflessly donated seven vital organs, giving hope and a second chance at life to those in desperate need.
The recipients of the program include individuals aged 30 to 75.
Upon initial investigation, it was thought that DeForest had been hit by a car while cycling. However, upon closer examination, this theory was debunked.
“The detectives recently came by to speak with us, conducting a thorough investigation,” shared Roger DeForest, the comedian’s father, in an interview with The Messenger on Friday. “They interviewed witnesses, reviewed footage, and their findings indicate that he fell off the e-bike and was not hit by a car.”
DeForest was rushed to Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., for immediate medical attention. He underwent surgery but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries later on.
According to his father, when the incident occurred, he immediately regained consciousness and was able to communicate. He even attempted to resist being taken to the hospital, but the emergency medical technician (EMT) recognized the seriousness of his head injury and insisted on hospitalization. Despite being coherent and fully aware of his identity and surroundings, he did experience some slight difficulty with his speech.
According to DeForest’s father, his son repeatedly expressed his reluctance to go to the hospital, but eventually had to. Unfortunately, as his father explained, this decision was followed by the onset of brain swelling.
The stand-up comedy community, especially in New York, deeply mourned his loss as it affected those who knew him intimately.