Actor Jay Leggett, Deer Hunting Filmmaker, Dies After Killing Deer in Hunt

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

Actor, Comedian Jay Leggett, whose 2011 film, “To the Hunt: Deer Season in Tomahawk, Wisconsin” promoted deer camp life and “the fun, family and fraternity of the hunt,” collapsed and died Saturday afternoon of natural causes at the end of a deer hunt.

Leggett co-wrote and acted in the 2004 film “Employee of the Month,” starring Matt Dillon and Christina Applegate. He appeared in the TV series "In Living Color" and "NYPD Blue," in addition to producing his documentary about Wisconsin deer hunting culture.

At the time of his death, Leggett was the lead instructor at Comedy Now L.A., teaching improv, acting and writing.

Leggett, 50, was living in Los Angeles but had returned to his hometown of Tomahawk for the first day of gun deer season. He collapsed and died next to his all-terrain vehicle at the end of the day with a deer he shot and killed strapped to the ATV, according to Lincoln County sheriff’s spokesman Mike Caylor.

Emergency crews responded to a call shortly after 4 p.m.Saturday and found family members trying to revive Leggett in a cabin. “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 Lincoln County Coroner pronounced him dead at the scene, Caylor said.

Sources: JS Online, CNN