Loved ones are mourning the death of Capitol Hill comedian and cafe owner Tristan Devin.
The 32-year-old Hill resident was found dead Sunday morning near the 12th Ave People’s Republic Kafe, according to a person who lives in the area.
Medics and police were called to the 1700 block of 12th Ave Sunday morning just after 9a to respond to an apparent suicide. At this point, we have not confirmed the cause of death with authorities.
Devin had recently taken over as primary owner of the 12th Ave coffee shop and was teaming up with Scratch Deli in what seemed like a winning combination with sandwich guru Ian Thackaberry.
With the comedy-rooted cafe serving as his “day job,” Devin put his energy into a career of performance — stand-up, podcasting, writing, acting. He served as director of the People’s Republic of Komedy, produced a variety of local shows and performed at Bumbershoot this summer. His material spanned the usual subjects. His podcast was a send-up of a Seattle public radio news program. He also joked about his own battles with depression and his experiences with therapy. A clip from a recent performance is below.
CHS has clarified this post to reflect updated information about Sunday’s emergency response.