After suffering from a stroke in late October, comedian Patrice O’Neal died on Tuesday (November 29) at the age of 41. The Boston-born entertainer was famous for his work on TV shows that include Chappelle's Show, The Office, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and most recently, his September appearance on Comedy Central's Roast of Charlie Sheen. O’Neal's booking agent, Matt Frost, released a statement on his death this morning.
"It is with terrible sadness we must report that Patrice O’Neal has passed away this morning at 7:00 AM due to the complications of the stroke he suffered on October 19," Frost told TMZ. "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."
Patrice had a huge following in the hip-hop community and some of his fans and supporters have offered their condolences on Twitter.
@UncleRUSH Russell Simmons
RIP Patrice http://bit.ly/vAnFDL
@DeRayDavis DeRay Davis
RIP PATRICE O'NEAL. A unique comic. Your energy will be missed young man.
Oh, this one hurts. RIP Patrice O'Neal. Too soon.
Rest in peace Patrice o Neil
Patrice O'Neal was super smart and super damn special. *sigh* Safe journeys. Sad. I'm real sad. Later, twitter.
@BunBTrillOG Bun B
Damn. Sad. Such a funny dude. RT @dasracist: RIP PATRICE O'NEAL
@dasracist DAS RACIST
RIP PATRICE O'NEAL
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RIP Patrice O’Neal.