Kevin Barnett, who died tragically on Tuesday while on vacation in Mexico, was a standup comedian who wrote for shows like “Broad City” and co-created the Fox sitcom “Rel.”
But Barnett (above, left) had no hand in the 2016 Adam Sandler comedy “The Do-Over” or two Farrelly Brothers movies, 2007’s “The Heartbreak Kid” and 2011’s “Hall Pass.”
Despite a (since updated) IMDb page lumping all those projects together, the latter group were the work of another Kevin Barnett (above, right) who is still very much alive, according to his attorney Cindy Farrelly Gesner on Tuesday: “The news reports are confusing two different Kevin Barnetts.”
Reps for IMDb did not respond to requests for comment about the mix-up, which was still visible on the Amazon-owned website a day later.
The still-alive Kevin Barnett is also associated with several upcoming film projects with his writing partner, Chris Pappas, including the David Spade comedy “The Wrong Missy” and “Alchoholics Unanimous.”
The other Barnett — who was just 32 when he died, according to the New York Post — appeared as a series regular on MTV2’s “Guy Code” and wrote for Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” Fox’s “Unhitched,” Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show” and the Fox/FX animated comedy “Lucas Bros Moving Co.”
“Our hearts are broken, as are those of everyone at ‘REL,’ at the news of Kevin Barnett’s passing,” Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company said in a statement. “He was an incredibly funny, wildly talented man who had so much more to do and so many more stories to tell. We send our thoughts and prayers to his friends and family during this difficult time.”
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