Stand-Up comedian Patrice O'Neal has died as a result of a massive stroke that he suffered in late October. The 41 year old comedian is best known for his stand up comedy specials like Elephant in the Room, as well as appearances on TV shows like The Office, Arrested Development, and The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen.
Patrice O'Neal's agent Matt Frost made the following statement, "It is with terrible sadness we must report that Patrice O'Neal has passed away this morning…due to the complications of the stroke he suffered on October 19,"
O'Neal had a varied career that spanned stand up, film, TV, video games (GTA IV) work and he even spent some time working for the WWE as a writer in the early part of the decade. Patrice talked to The Atlantic City Weekly about the experience, "You know, you had to audition to get it so I actually wrote a scenario where they wanted me to write a finish to an existing beef and conclude it in a Pay-per-View match. I think I was doing the Undertaker and Triple H and I had to escalate it for three weeks and then end it with a Pay-per-View. At the time I was really into wrestling so that was easy to do and my writing sample got the job."
Patrice was known for his hilarious and brutally honest takes on race and racism, sexual harrassment and other subjects.
Take a look at Patrice O'Neal's appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show earlier this year in the clip below.
If you did not know his work while he was alive, you check out his many stand up specials as well as comedian Paul Provenza's excellent book on comedy, Satiristas, which features an interview with the late comedian.
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