Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stand-up comedian Patrice O'Neal dies at 41 after suffering stroke



     Stand-up comedian Patrice O'Neal died on Tuesday at the age of 41 following a stroke last month, his agent said."
     It is with terrible sadness we must report that Patrice O'Neal has passed away this morning due to the complications of the stroke he suffered on October 19," O'Neal's agent Matt Frost said in a statement.
  "Many of us have lost a close and loved friend; all of us have lost a true comic genius," Frost added.
      O'Neal, who appeared on Comedy Central celebrity roasts and on Conan O'Brien's and David Letterman's late night TV shows, was also a frequent guest on the "Opie & Anthony" radio show on Sirius XM.
    "Yes it's true that our pal Patrice O'Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I've known. PERIOD," the Sirius XM hosts said in a Twitter message.The "Opie & Anthony" show also broke news last month that the stand-up comic, who was diabetic, had suffered a stroke last month.Frost said O'Neal's mother Georgia was at his side when he died. O'Neal is survived by his wife, Vondecarlo, his step daughter Aymilyon and sister Zinder.

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