November 29, 2011
Patrice O’Neal, a stand-up comedian who appeared in several films and made regular appearances on the The Opie & Anthony Show, has passed away at the age of 41 after suffering a stroke last month. He was a diabetic.
His agent, Matt Frost, released the following statement:
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’s appearance on the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen last month was one of his last performances before suffering a stroke. He appeared in a number of other films and television shows, including Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, The Office, and Scary Movie 4.
On September 9, 2010, O’Neal appeared in-studio with Alex Jones. He touched on a number of subjects, including naked body scanners, globalization, eugenics, racism and tyranny.