A year after the engrossing Season 4 finale, Season 5 of Cobra Kai returns to Netflix on September 9 with 10 new episodes and many new twists. Fans have been engrossed in the new episodes, but it wasn’t the drama unfolding on screen that gave them pause at the end of episode three, it was the “Tribute” to Jeff Kay.
As – well, we won’t reveal – the shocked look fades away, and Jeff Kay’s name appears on the screen, along with the dates 1965-2021. Fans are understandably curious to know who Jeff Kay is, how he died, and what he meant by acting. Here’s what you should know.
Who is Jeff Kay?
Jeff Kay is Assistant Director and Executive Producer at Cobra Kai. He was 56 when he died, which his IMDb page says was the result of a heart attack on October 17, 2021.
Along with Cobra Kai, Kay has had a stellar career in the television industry with hit shows such as American Housewife, Entourage, Rizzoli & Isles, and Numb3rs, to name a few.
Following news of his death, American Housewives’ Meg Donnelly paid tribute to her on Twitter, saying: “Our beloved Jeff Kay speaks in this video – it’s 1 AD, Was part of our beautiful family of American Housewives…suddenly passed away….Our family mourns this great loss. His radiant energy was so contagious that it made us all laugh. “
Indeed, both TV shows and movies rely on actors and writers as the faces and backbone of their stories. But many workers like Jeff Kay are the lifeblood that keeps the blood flowing and keeps production going. Without them, the project would never have come to fruition, and it is through their hard work that we can enjoy the art they helped create.
Kay’s death may not be new, but Donnelly’s tribute showcases the lifelong legacy he left behind. As they say, “Cobra Kay will never die.” Rest in peace Jeff Kay.