Cotton, a native of South Philadelphia, had been married to his high school sweetheart, EricaLynn, since 2011. The couple were expecting their first child together in February, according to local outlet Billy Penn.
Shortly after news of his death broke, Cotton's friends, fans and fellow comedians took to Twitter to pay tribute, sharing heartwarming messages.
"Chris Cotton was a beautiful person with so much love to give," Nate Dern, a writer for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, tweeted. "Everyone loved him instantly. He regularly made me laugh so hard that I cried. I am honored that I got to work with him and know him. Love you, Chris. Rest In Peace."
Chris Cotton was a beautiful person with so much love to give. Everyone loved him instantly. He regularly made me laugh so hard that I cried. I am honored that I got to work with him and know him. Love you, Chris. Rest In Peace. https://t.co/kxLq8iE5Oa
"A few weeks ago, Chris Cotton randomly hit me up to thank me for a gig I got him YEARS ago that led to some other work for him," added Hannibal Buress. "I was in the middle of booking Isola Fest and booked him during the call. I was psyched to see him this weekend. RIP."
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So sad to hear about Chris Cotton. He was always kind and always real. And I always noticed him helping others get work and get booked. (including myself) His wife is due in February. Heartbreaking. Will tweet any info to donate as soon as I find out. https://t.co/XK6kYSBfaj
I spent the day yesterday, Giraldo's bd talking about & remembering my male comrades that died too young & today I hear that Chris Cotton passed. We spent so many times together on @artiequitter & the infamous "Pull Over on the Jersey Turnpike episode". My❤️ can't take it all.