Tuesday, May 21, 2013
There's sad news about funnyman Patrice O'Neal. The comedian and Sheen roaster died Monday, just a week shy of his 42nd birthday, after suffering complications from a stroke in October. O'Neal has been a mainstay in the comedy world, performing on Chappelle's Show and numerous retrospective VH1 shows like I Love Toys and I Love the '80s. Most recently, he appeared in Charlie Sheen's Comedy Central Roast back in September. The larger-than-life O'Neal suffered from diabetes, which ultimately led to a stroke, after which his family kept details about his health from the media. This morning, radio talk show host Opie of the Opie and Anthony Radio Show tweeted, "Yes, it's true that our pal Patrice O'Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I've ever known PERIOD." Charlie Sheen even showed there were no hard feelings by tweeting a picture of himself and the comic at his roast, plus the message, "The entertainment world as well as the world at large lost a brilliant man today. Patrice had that rare 'light' around him and inside of him. I only knew him for the few days leading up the Roast. Yet I will forever be inspired by his nobility, his grace and his epic talent. my tears today are for the tremendous loss to his true friends and loving family. cs"