Comedy Central Roaster Patrice O'Neal Dies at 41, Celebs React

November 29, 2011 By:
Comedy Central Roaster Patrice O'Neal Dies at 41, Celebs React

We just saw his hilarious Comedy Central roast of Charlie Sheen, and only a couple of months later, comedian Patrice O'Neal has passed away.

The performer died on Monday after suffering a stroke in October that was related to his diabetes. The Charlie Sheen Roast was his final performance.

He was a regular guest on the Opie and Anthony SiriusXM radio show, and the host, Gregg Hughes, confirmed his friend's death via Twitter:

"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 was a native of Boston, and at the time of his death, he was based in New York City. He appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Late Show with David Letterman. He also had guest appearances on Arrested Development and The Office.

O'Neal's personal website is temporarily unavailable, but a statement on the site reads:

"Out of our love and concern for Patrice and his family, we ask that you please respect their privacy during this difficult time."

O'Neal had a variety of good friends and comedians in the entertainment industry, and they all took to Twitter to celebrate his life and mourn his death.

Charlie Sheen: “The entertainment world as well as the world at large lost a brilliant man today. Patrice had that rare ‘light’ around him and inside of him. I only knew him for the few days leading up the Roast. Yet I will forever be inspired by his nobility, his grace and his epic talent. my tears today are for the tremendous loss to his true friends and loving family.”

Colin Quinn: “Thanks to everybody for the Patrice ONeal comments. One of a kind. In heaven right now, charming half and infuriating half, then reversing.”

Seth Meyers: “RIP Patrice O’Neal. A day spent watching clips of him on-line is a day well spent.”

Donald Glover: “f-ck… of the funniest and smartest comedians ever. Rest in Peace Patrice O’Neal.”

Quest Love of The Roots: “so grateful i got to see Patrice Oneal do his last NYC gig. man this is so devastating. he truly was one of my favorite comics. RIP Patrice”

Patton Oswalt: “Yes, I’m serious. And very, very sad. #RIPPatrice”

Kevin Hart: “I’m at a lost for words………..#RIPPATRICE”

Joe Buck: “I watched Elephant in the Room LAST NIGHT and I just read he died.. Wow.. RIP to Patrice O’Neal .. #RIPPATRICE #thatsabadone”

Jim Gaffigan: “RIP Patrice O’Neil. Undeniably brilliant.”

Michael Ian Black: “Ah, sh-t. I didn’t know him but I admired him. RIP Patrice O’Neil.”

Doug Benson: “A sad day for comedians and comedy in general. #RIPPATRICE”

Anthony Jeselnik: O'Neal's fellow comedian sent him one final roast: "Goodbye, Patrice O'Neal. I didn't know you well. But I knew you'd never miss Thanksgiving."