Comedian Patrice O'Neal died yesterday at the age of 41 due to complications from a stroke he suffered a month prior.
His biggest recent appearance was as a roaster at Charlie Sheen's Comedy Central roast in September. O'Neal suffered from diabetes and, this being a roast, the other panelists let him have it.
"Patrice O'Neal, one of my favorite comics. Patrice has always been destined for stardom, and diabetes. So tonight is not just the roast of Charlie Sheen, it's also a farewell party for Patrice's foot." - Amy Schumer
Charlie Sheen himself went after O'Neal while also taking a shot at comedian Anthony Jeselnik. "The only thing slower than [Anthony Jeselnik's] delivery is Patrice O'Neal's metabolism." Oof.
O'Neal responded to the attacks at the hands of fellow comedians during the roast. "How the f--- can I be too mean after all this s---. I can't believe it. I'm dying of diabetes and you motherf---ers are like, 'Oh, that evil fat f---.'" He suffered his stroke less than two months later.
O'Neal was a polarizing figure, doing comedy on taboo topics from sex to race, never afraid to offend. You can see some of Patrice's own comedy from the roast here (as with anything related to Patrice, this contains adult material):
Roast of Charlie Sheen
As with many celebrity deaths, he started trending on Twitter following the news coming out today of his death. As someone who's involved in comedy, I follow a lot of comedians and comedy fans on Twitter; a few of their comments:
"Whenever I watched Patrice live, I would question what I was doing on stage and how I could make it better. He was on another level." - Hannibal Buress
"One of a kind. In heaven right now, charming half and infuriating half, then reversing." - Colin Quinn
"Patrice O'Neal was the black George Carlin: honest, and never afraid to hurt feelings to say what's true. The world is a worse place today." - Justin Henry
O'Neal was a regular on the Opie and Anthony radio show, Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd" and a wide variety of other programs. He also acted in small roles on shows like "The Office" and "Arrested Development," as well as in several films.
He gave an in-depth interview on his opinions, his career, his personal life, his time spent in jail and much more to comedian Marc Maron on his WTF podcast; you can listen to the episode here.
(My personal connection: I also have another shared interest beyond comedy with O'Neal — he served for a short stint as a pro wrestling writer at WWE. I like my sports fake.)
More from Patrice on Comedy Central (Contains adult material):
You can also watch more clips of his comedy here.