R.I.P: Comedian Patrice O’Neal Dies at 41
A tragedy has befallen the comedy world, funny man Patrice O’Neal has passed away after suffering a stroke in October that was related to his diabetic condition. He was 41.
His death was confirmed via Twitter Tuesday by host Opie (Gregg Hughes) of theOpie and AnthonySiriusXM radio show, on which the stand-up comic was a regular guest. The message read: “Yes it’s true that our pal Patrice O’Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker i’ve ever known PERIOD. #devastated.”
O’Neal, who launched his career in the late ’90s, started out by heckling comics but became more prominent through his appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Late Show with David Letterman and the sitcoms Arrested Development and The Office. Often criticized for his brand of comedy but it always hit it mark. He also participated in the Comedy Central roast of Charlie Sheen,
TMZ.com first reported his death.