Veteran comedian Patrice O’Neal dies

Famous veteran comedian, Patrice O’Neal, who gained a wider repute, following through TV and radio and also helped roast Charlie Sheen, died at the age of 41 Tuesday from complications of a stroke, he suffered last month.

The death was first revealed by O’Neal’s pals at the Opie and Anthony radio show, as Opie Tweeted this morning: “Yes it’s true that our pal Patrice O’Neal has passed away.

The funniest and best thinker I have ever known PERIOD.” The comedian attracted and won a large audience through his TV and radio work including his appearance on the TV roast for Charlie Sheen.

Mr. O’Neal commanded the stage with not only his bulk, but also his penchant for flashy clothing and chains, and his peculiar confrontational style.

He was loud and unpredictable, frequently veering away from prepared material with a curse-laden segue. “Many of us have lost a close and loved friend; all of us have lost a true comic genius,” Brandstein.

 

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