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REST IN PEACE: Comedian Patrice O’Neal, 41

Submitted by on November 29, 2011 – 2:44 pmNo Comment

A longtime fixture in the New York comedy scene, Patrice O’Neal, 41, passed away last night after suffering a stroke in October.

Tragically at a high point in his career, O’Neal’s most recent television performance was in September for Comedy Central’s big special Roast of Charlie Sheen.

The Boston-born O’Neal (named after Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba) was a regular guest on the “Opie and Anthony” show on Sirius/XM radio. Opie sent out a tweet earlier today, confirming the sad news: “Yes it’s true that our pal Patrice O’Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I’ve ever known PERIOD. #devastated.”

O’Neal had appeared on various TV shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Chappelle’s Show, The Office and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.

Sincere condolences out to Patrice’s family, friends and fans.

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