Comedian Patrice O’Neal died at only 41 after suffering complications from a stroke. The incident took place on Tuesday and was a direct consequence of the stoke the actor had suffered one month ago.
News of the comedian’s death were announced by the show which had him as a recurring guest, the “Opie and Anthony Show”. They confirmed O’Neal’s death on the show’s Twitter account. “The funniest and best thinker i’ve ever known PERIOD”, was added.
Patrice was born in Boston and had his breakthrough in Def Jam Comedy in 2007. He performed special appearances on numerous television shows on Showtime, HBO, Comedy Central. He was a regular guest on “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and the host of “Web Junk 2.0”, a show put together by VH1. In 2006, the comedian performed throughout the country on outdoors arenas as part of the Opie and Anthony’s Traveling Virus Comedy Tour.
Ever since 2002 O’Neal became a regular appearance on Opie and Anthony and started his own radio show in 2006 for XM. His show revolved around relationship advice topics.
His career as an actor includes parts in several movies such as “Arrested Development”, “The Office”, “25th Hour” and “Head of State”. The last performance of Patrice O’Neal took place in September during the “Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen”.
O’Neal’s death triggered reactions from fan, TV shows and fellow comedians alike. Comedy Central put up a page dedicated to the actor’s memory and will air a special show entitled “Elephant in the Room”, this evening at 8 p.m. and also again at midnight.
His official Facebook and Twitter accounts have been flooded with messages of grief and support from fans. “The Daily Show” aired on Tuesday an in memoriam segment dedicated to O’Neal. Jon Stewart showed his appreciation of the comedian during his “moment of zen”.
Fellow comedians shared their thoughts, shock and grief on their Twitter accounts. Kevin Hart said he has lost one of his greatest friends. Colin Quinn tweeted: “Thanks to everybody for the Patrice ONeal comments. One of a kind. In heaven right now, charming half and infuriating half, then reversing”. Joe Rogan described O’Neal as a great thinker, comic and human being with an unique perspective on life and the world.