The booking agent for Patrice O’Neal has confirmed to CNN that the comedian and entertainer died Tuesday morning following an illness. He was 41.
“Many of us have lost a close and loved friend; all of us have lost a true comic genius,” O’Neal’s agent says in a statement. “His mother, who was also his best friend, was at his side.”
O’Neal’s passing was due to complications from a stroke O’Neal suffered on October 19. According to People magazine, the stroke was related to diabetes. Via CNN.
Comedy Central will be re-airing his comedy special, “Elephant in the Room,” at 8pm and midnight eastern tonight if you’d like to catch them. You can also visit ComedyCentral.com to read their post and watch clips featuring Patrice.
The video above gives some great insight into the man and his outlook on fame and his job as a comedian. Take a look.