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Screenwriter and Playwright Nathan Louis Jackson, Known for Luke Cage and Shameless, Passes Away at 44

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Nathan Louis Jackson, a talented screenwriter, playwright, and producer, known for his work on popular series like Luke Cage and Shameless, has tragically passed away at the age of 44.

Jackson’s wife, Megan Mascorro-Jackson, confirmed that he died at their home in Lenexa, Kansas, on August 22, 2023. The cause of death remains undisclosed, as the family opted not to conduct an autopsy.

The accomplished writer had a history of heart issues, having suffered an aortic dissection in 2019, as reported by his wife.

Nathan Louis Jackson’s screenwriting achievements included two episodes of the Marvel series Luke Cage, where he also served as a co-producer and executive story editor. His work on the show, which ran from 2016 to 2018, earned him recognition for addressing important themes related to African American men.

Additionally, Jackson contributed to other notable series, such as S.W.A.T, Resurrection, and Genius. He also had a teleplay credit for an episode of 13 Reasons Why.

As a playwright, Jackson was celebrated for his works, including Broke-ology and When I Come to Die, which earned him various awards, including two Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Awards and a Mark Twain Comedy Playwriting Award.

Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Jackson held an MFA in Playwriting from The Julliard School. His play Broke-ology made its debut at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts and later opened Off Broadway at the Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in 2009.

From 2013 to 2019, Nathan Louis Jackson served as the playwright in residence at the Kansas City Repertory Theater, where he showcased his deep love for his hometown.

In a statement released by his family and shared with Playbill, they expressed Jackson’s strong connection to Kansas City, highlighting his passion for local culture, especially barbecue, and his unwavering support for the arts community.

Jackson is survived by his wife Megan, mother Bessie, children Amaya and Savion, sister Ebony Maddox, and brother Wardell.

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Dana Sterling-Editor

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