Comedian and Actor Patrice O'Neal Tragically Passes Away at Age 41

November 29, 2011
Source: Reuters

Patrice O'Neal

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.

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Very sad news.  Always loved seeing him on the Roasts.

Anonymous on Nov 29, 2011


Dude was one of my favorite comedians. "Elephant in the Room" had me on the floor, and he was also great to listen to on the Opie & Anthony show. RIP.

Big Boss on Nov 29, 2011


I hadn't heard of him, but had a look at some of his clips on the Tube, he was pretty funny, 41 is way too young.

Crapola on Nov 29, 2011



Xerxexx on Nov 29, 2011


oh my god such sad news he was very funny RIP

MovieKing on Nov 29, 2011


This guy was just on the cusp of making it huge. His last special was so good and his naturally funny attitude was incredible. The way he through away his notes at the Charlie Sheen roast and just destroyed was soooo funny.  I'll miss this guy a lot. I only got to meet him once, but it was a very good experience. 

DaftBot on Nov 29, 2011


He's the brother I'd kick back with while drinking some beers.

ur_babys_daddy on Nov 29, 2011


Dying of cardiovascular complications such as Myocardial infarction or stroke is the most common cause of death among diabetics. It`s so sad that a guy so funny and talented died so young basically because he refused to eat healthy and do some physical exercise.

H Koepi on Nov 30, 2011


Agreed. It is only going to get worse in newer/younger generations.. makes me wonder as this grows where the money is going to come from to care for such a mass amount of illness in people 40+ years of age. 

Kaim on Nov 30, 2011


You are right though he was a very funny guy.

Kaim on Nov 30, 2011


WOW, he was one of my favorite comedians. He was great. R.I.P. and god bless.

JRod on Nov 30, 2011


No!... he cant, he was so funny... :'C

Said Samayoa on Nov 30, 2011


comedians have the gift of saying it how it is he will be missed.

Lando on Nov 30, 2011

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