Comedian and Actor Patrice O'Neal Tragically Passes Away at Age 41
More sad news comes this week after the passing of Ken Russell over the weekend. Now Reuters has word that comedian and actor Patrice O'Neal has passed away far too young at age 41. O'Neal had recent suffered a stroke back on October 19th, and today his agent Matt Frost said, "It is with terrible sadness we must report that Patrice O'Neal has passed away this morning due to the complications of the stroke he suffered." Though most of O'Neal's work can be found in his countless stand-up sets and TV appearances on late night talk shows with Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, he also left his mark on several films.
O'Neal's work in film can easily be spotted in in films like The 25th Hour and Head of State, but more recently the comedian made appearances in Scary Movie 4 and Furry Vengeance. But don't let his lack of prestigious film work throw you off, O'Neal was a truly great comedian whose legacy spans across TV (including shows like "Arrested Development" and "The Office"), film and even radio with frequent appearances on "Opie & Anthony" on Sirius XM. An official statement was read today saying, "The family wishes to thank all of the fans and friends who have expressed an outpouring of love and support for Patrice these past week." If you want to remember O'Neal, do it with some hearty laughter brought about by some of his very best stand-up work right here. Rest in peace.