After complications of a major stroke, comedian Patrice O’Neal has died at the age of 41.
The comedy world responded with flood of posts and tweets for their fellow comedian, who was famous for getting big laughs, often times at his own expense.
Charlie Sheen, who was roasted by O’Neal on Comedy Central said of the comic, “The world at large lost a brilliant man today. Patrice had that rare ‘light’ around him and inside of him..My tears today are for the tremendous loss to his true friends and loving family.” The ‘Roast’ was O’Neal’s final performance before his stroke on October 19.
“One of my favourite stand up comedians. So sad. RIP,” writes Ricky Gervais.
“RIP Patrice O’Neal. You made us laugh til we cried,” from Sarah Silverman.
“An amazing comedian and an even better person. RIP Patrice O’Neal,” tweeted friend Nick Cannon.
O’Neal appeared in several movies as well as TV’s Chappelle’s Show, Colin Quinn, The Office, Arrested Development, and the late night talk show circuit. He was also a regular on the satellite radio show, “Opie and Anthony”. On Twitter co-host Opie said, “Yes, it’s true that our pal Patrice O’Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I’ve ever known PERIOD.”
O’Neal was born in 1969 in Boston, according to his wiki. In the early 90’s he began doing stand up in New York’s Comedy Cellar. The comedian moved to Los Angeles and quickly became fed up with the bullshit, “I’m telling you, if I’d have had a gun back then, I would have shot myself.” After several years of living in the UK, O’Neal returned to America in 2002, where his luck started to change and he became a main player in the US comedy scene.
O’Neal is survived by his wife Vondecarlo, step-daughter Aymilyon, and sister Ziner.