A popular comedian known for the often confrontational style of his live stand-up act has died at age 41, Reuters reports.
Patrice O’Neal, who participated in the recent "Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen," reportedly died of complications following a stroke he suffered about a month ago.
His agent, Matt Frost, issued a statement saying: “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. Many of us have lost a close and loved friend; all of us have lost a true comic genius."
O’Neal, who was a diabetic, made a number of TV appearances, including on Conan O’Brien’s and David Letterman’s late-night shows. His other TV appearances included the Comedy Central special "Elephant in the Room" and guest roles on "The Office" and "Arrested Development.”
O’Neal appeared in films as well, including "In the Cut," "25th Hour" and "Head of State."
Reuters reports: “Frost said O’Neal’s mother Georgia was at his side when he died. O’Neal is survived by his wife, Vondecarlo, his step-daughter Aymilyon and sister Zinder.”