Comedian Patrice O’Neal, widely known for his “Chappelle’s Show” cameo at the ‘Player Haters Ball,’ passed away Tuesday (November 29) at the age of 41.
According to reports, O’Neal died at a hospital following a mid-October stroke.
Patrice O’Neal, a stand-up comedian who boisterously took on controversial topics like race, AIDS and his own struggle with diabetes, died on Tuesday. He was 41 and lived in New Jersey. He died in a hospital in the New York City area from complications of a stroke he suffered on Oct. 19, his agent, Matt Frost, said. (New York Times)
The 300-pound stand-up comedian’s stroke is believed to have been in relation to his weight.
O’Neal had reportedly suffered from diabetes, which is a significant risk factor for stroke, according to the National Stroke Assn. Other risk factors include obesity, atrial fibrillation and high blood pressure — which, according to the association, “is one of the most common causes of stroke because it puts unnecessary stress on blood vessel walls, causing them to thicken and deteriorate.” When that happens, “cholesterol or other fat-like substances may break off of artery walls and block a brain artery.” (Los Angeles Times)
His unexpected passing caught the attention of various entertainers who gave their reactions.
If you like to laugh, you’re going to miss Patrice O’Neal. And his fellow comedians may miss him even more. “One of my favourite stand up comedians. So sad. RIP,” Ricky Gervais tweeted Tuesday upon hearing of O’Neal’s death at 41 due to complications of a stroke. “Brilliant, unafraid, unapologetic. You inspired me and kept us all honest #RIPPatrice,” wrote comedian Amy Schumer, who shared the dais with O’Neal at the Charlie Sheen roast in September. Added Sarah Silverman: “RIP Patrice O’Neal. You made us laugh til we cried.” (E! Online)
Widely known for his stand-up, O’neal appeared on various popular television shows.
Fellow comedians and fans are mourning the loss of the veteran funnyman who has appeared on ‘The Office,’ ‘Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,’ ‘Chapelle Show’ and was a regular guest on the “Opie and Anthony” radio show. (Washington Post)
Check out footage of Patrice O’Neal below: