Comedian Patrice O'Neal Dead at 41
Friends and associates of comedian, Patrice O’Neal, are confirming reports that he has died from complications from a stroke.
“Yes, it's true that our pal Patrice O'Neal has passed away,” the Opie and Anthony radio show tweeted. “The funniest and best thinker I’ve ever known PERIOD. #devastated”
Reports from TMZ and TheLaughButton.com, report the comedian suffered a stroke at the end of October. His family and friends asked for privacy after the stroke and details of the complications that led to his death have yet to be disclosed.
The 41-year-old Boston native was a frequent guest on the Opie and Anthony radio show. In September, he appeared on Comedy Central’s Roast for Charlie Sheen.
After starting his career in the late-90s, he became a well-known figure in the comedy world. He has been a guest on numerous late night programs and talk shows including Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He has also appeared on several television shows, including The Office and Arrested Development. Among his many film credits, he played himself in the Chris Rock movie, Head of State.
Aside from being a regular on the Opie and Anthony show, he had also hosted his own relationship advice show on XM radio called The Black Philip Show, an apparent reference to talk show host Dr. Phil.
Watch THR’s interview with O’Neal at the Comedy Central Roast for Charlie Sheen in September below.