From Frugivore — Patrice O’Neal, the funniest living comic, who was a fixture in the New York comedy scene for two decades, and who was most recently seen in his classic Comedy Central special, Elephant in the Room, has passed away according to sources close to the comedian.

Talk show host Opie of the Opie & Anthony Radio Show tweeted this morning, “Yes, it’s true that our pal Patrice O’Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I’ve ever known PERIOD.”

O’Neal suffered a stroke in October after a long battle with diabetes. The announcement about his condition was made by a group of his comedian friends and peers on the popular Sirius radio show, but few details have been made known since then at the wishes of his family.

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  • Perverted Alchemist

    This hearts my heart on a professional level- as well as a personal level.

    On a professional level, he was a great comedian and thinker and was on his way to become one of the greatest in comedy. As a matter of fact, his star was on the rise after the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen as well as his Comedy Central special “The Elephant In The Room”. Now, we’ll never get a chance to see him blow up.

    On a personal level, he suffered from diabetes and a stroke- the latter of which had him in a coma for most of October and eventually killed him. I can identify with this firsthand as a person who a couple of weeks ago had a stroke and pneumonia (The same thing that killed Heavy D. a few weeks earlier). I was expected not to survive, according to the doctors, and sadly I’m not too far behind Patrice and Heavy D. in age. I guess what I’m trying to say is that as we get older, we need to take better care of ourselves. These last few months have been real painful for me as I have seen a lot of the people I admired die at a young age.

    • Perverted Alchemist

      *This hurts my heart…

    • sli

      “I guess what I’m trying to say is that as we get older, we need to take better care of ourselves.”

      Yes, Yes, and Yes again! That’s why it is very important for us to teach children about eating healthy and exercise; old habits are hard to break. I’m sorry to hear about your health condition. I wish you the best as you recover :-)

    • Angie

      Yes, I agree. Don’t wait until the diagnosis to start taking care of yourself and eating right. And don’t think that because you are young you have time either. Start taking care of yourself now (I’m talking to myself as well!)

  • LurkerG

    Condolences to his family and friends. RIP.

  • QON

    This is too much. So young. RIP. I cant believe. Way too young.

  • African Mami

    There’s too many people dying left right and center. RIP!!!!!!! May the spirit of death stop hovering over our people. Amen! (I ain’t even joking)