Sad news for Comedy Central fans: stand-up comedian/actor Patrice O'Neal passed away at the age of forty-one after suffering complications from a stroke. His passing was confirmed by "Opie & Anthony" host Opie this morning, who tweeted, "Yes, it's true that our pal Patrice O'Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I've ever known PERIOD. #devastated"
Known for his darkly comic sensibility, O'Neal, who last appeared on September's Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, was a longtime fixture of the New York comedy scene, making frequent appearances on shows like Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the Opie and Anthony radio show, and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. He also filmed half-hour and hour-long specials for HBO's One Night Stand and Comedy Central Presents. His first hour-long special, "Patrice O'Neal: Elephant in the Room," premiered on Comedy Central in February (clip below).
After O'Neal suffered a stroke on October 19, little information was released on his condition. A longtime diabetic, O'Neal made light of his struggle with the illness during his final appearance on the Comedy Central roast, quipping, "I can't believe it. I'm dying of diabetes and you motherfuckers are like, 'Oh, that evil fat fuck.'"