11/26/2013 at 08:45 AM EST
Jay Leggett, a comic actor who appeared on shows including In Living Color
but who always returned to the woods of his native Wisconsin, died Saturday after collapsing on a deer hunt. He was 50.
His death was believed to be heart related, but the coroner in Lincoln County, Wis., said Monday that a final cause of death is still pending, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Leggett died at a family cabin in Tomahawk, Wis., where he grew up, after returning from a deer stand on an all-terrain vehicle.
After performing with Chicago's ImprovOlympic comedy troupe in the late '80s and early '90s, Leggett moved to Los Angeles. He appeared in shows such as In Living Color
, Ally McBeal
and NYPD Blue
and acted in, wrote and produced movies including Employee of the Month
and Without a Paddle
A big fan of hunting, he returned frequently to Tomahawk and made a documentary in 2011 about Lincoln County hunters.
"He was a Tomahawk boy, tried and true. And if he had to go, he couldn't have gone in a better place," a friend of nearly 30 years, Susan Messing, told the Wausau Daily Herald
Leggett most recently was a writer, producer and star of a TV series called Factory
on Spike TV.