RIP Patrice O’Neal

Patrice O’Neal, the stand-up comedian and actor, has died at the age of 41, after suffering a stroke in October. O’Neal got his start in the Boston comedy circuit, then won national recognition via regular appearances on Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn in the early 2000s. He later landed roles in 25th Hour, The Office, Arrested Development, and Chappelle’s Show, on which he played one of the famed playa haters. He was also a regular guest on The Opie & Anthony Show, and it was Opie who confirmed O’Neal’s death by tweeting: “Yes it’s true that our pal Patrice O’Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I’ve ever known PERIOD.” In February, Comedy Central aired O’Neal’s comedy special Elephant in the Room. His last TV appearance came in September, on the Charlie Sheen roast. Above, a vintage clip of O’Neal covering Fashion Week for Tough Crowd. Representative bit of straight-shooting hilarity: “I think I see this bitch’s heart beating through her chest.”

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Amos Barshad has written for New York Magazine, Spin, GQ, XXL, and the Arkansas Times. He is a staff writer for Grantland.

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