Patrice O'Neal, the comedian who caught flak at the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, has passed away at the age of 41. O'Neal, a diabetic, suffered a stroke back in October and died from complications. The news came today from longtime friends of O'Neal The Opie & Anthony Show, via Twitter.
O'Neal's rep, Matt Frost, released the following statement:
It is with terrible sadness we must report that Patrice O’Neal has passed away this morning at 7:00am due to the complications of the stroke he suffered on October 19. Many of us have lost a close and loved friend; all of us have lost a true comic genius. His mother, who was also his best friend, was at his side. Patrice is survived by his wife, Vondecarlo; his step daughter Aymilyon, sister Zinder, and his mother Georgia. The family wishes to thank all of the fans and friends who have expressed an outpouring of love and support for Patrice these past weeks. We ask that you please respect the family’s request for privacy at this difficult time.
O'Neal will be remembered for his confrontational style of humor and his numerous appearances and specials. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family. If you'd like to read more about the death of Patrice O'Neal, visit FamousDead.com.
As I'm sure you can imagine, news of O'Neal's death spread through Twitter very quickly, below are some selected tweets:
The entertainment world as well as the world at large lost a brilliant man today.
Patrice had that rare "light" aro... http://t.co/1z2s1JUB
Rest in Peace to a very funny guy! Patrice O'Neal! Gone too soon at 41!
RIP Patrice Oneal. Loved him. Super funny and way too young.
Patrice O'Neal. One of the funniest men who ever walked this earth. RIP.
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so grateful i got to see Patrice Oneal do his last NYC gig. man this is so devastating. he truly was one of my favorite comics. RIP Patrice
Very sad news about Patrice ONeal. Got to hang with him a few times. Very funny on and off stage. Very sad.
RIP Patrice O’Neil. Undeniably brilliant.
RIP Patrice Oneal - one of the best ever. Inspiring every time I heard him on anything.