Lil Rel Howery is paying tribute to his friend and Rel co-creator Kevin Barnett, who died suddenly while vacationing in Mexico.

“This is my favorite pic of me and @fatboybarnett but in all honesty this dude was brilliant and was a very hard worker…,” Howery wrote in a post on Instagram which featured the photo. “I’m thankful for him and Josh [Rabinowitz] always putting in the extra hours to make sure every script was on point… Kevin was somebody I would always give shit to because it was fun and funny plus he had the same crazy sense of humor… Over the years we would have some hysterical dope convos and exchange crazy stories… I can’t stop crying on this plane it’s really starting to hit me that he is actually gone… At 32 he accomplished so much in this business and was respected by many… Rest In Peace my brother and my friend… Thank you for the last 6 years of helping make my dreams come true man..”

Barnett, a rising comic in New York City, recently co-created and executive produced fellow comedians Howery and Josh Rabinowitz Rel, the freshman Fox/20th TV comedy series starring Howery.

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This is my favorite pic of me and @fatboybarnett but in all honesty this dude was brilliant and was a very hard worker… I’m thankful for him and Josh always putting in the extra hours to make sure every script was on point… Kevin was somebody I would always give shit to because it was fun and funny plus he had the same crazy sense of humor… Over the years we would have some hysterical dope convos and exchange crazy stories… I can’t stop crying on this plane it’s really starting to hit me that he is actually gone… At 32 he accomplished so much in this business and was respected by many… Rest In Peace my brother and my friend… Thank you for the last 6 years of helping make my dreams come true man… #FOTP4Life

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Howery tweeted about his friend hours after learning of his death. “I was trying to figure out what to say but I can’t I’m truly heartbroken by this and just really hurt as the hours pass… So gifted and so dope and a true friend!!!! I don’t know what…,” he wrote.

Cause of Barnett’s death is unknown. He was 32.