Stand-up comic Patrice O’Neal passed away this morning from complications due to a stroke he suffered in October. O’Neal had been battling diabetes for years.
O’Neal’s manager 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. 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.
O’Neal was a frequent guest on The Opie and Anthony Show on Sirius XM radio, and it was the radio show that first broke the news of his stroke last month. O’Neal had guest roles on several TV shows including The Office, Arrested Development and Chappelle’s Show. He was a regular on Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn. Just recently he had appeared on Comedy Central’s roast of Charlie Sheen.
O’Neal starred in his first hour-long Comedy Central special just this past February. The network will re-air the special, called Elephant in the Room, twice tomorrow in his memory.