Stand-up comedian Patrice O’Neal has passed away after battling diabetes, TMZ reports. He was 41.
His booking agent, Matt Frost, released the following statement, according to Entertainment Weekly:
It is with terrible sadness we must report that Patrice O’Neal has passed away this morning at 7:00am due to the complications of the stroke he suffered on October 19. 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, a Boston native, began his career in the 1990s, and was known for his dark, in-your-face humor. He was a frequent presence at Comedy Central roasts and television shows like The Office and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and was a regular presence on the Opie and Anthony radio show. Opie tweeted this morning that O’Neal was “the funniest and best thinker I’ve ever known PERIOD.”
Watch a clip below from O’Neal’s Comedy Central special, Elephant in the Room.