Patrice joked in his recent stand-up film, "Elephant in the Room" that at 40 it's too late to turn your life around. That to get into shape and such shoulda been done years before. Well, to be honest, even though he was "joking" which means he probably meant it, he was wrong. Fact is diabetes is no joke and the fact that he remained overweight didn't help at all. Only hurt. Patrice was a great comedian, person and talent and if any lessons are learned here, it's to push yourself in life in directions that you maybe don't want to go FOR YOUR HEALTH. If Patrice had kept his weight down through diligent exercise and the right foods and had been consistent about it, not only would he probably have beaten his diabetes, but he'd still be with us to entertain, enlighten and teach. THAT is sad that he didn't try harder because when it comes down to it, getting your body in fine form and keeping it healthy is only under ONE control...YOURS. R.I.P. Patrice.
Comedian Patrice O'Neal died at the age of 41 Monday night due to a diabetic stroke he had in October.
His friends at "The Opie And Anthony Show" confirmed he passed away. His booking agent, Matt Frost, released this statement:
"It is with terrible sadness we must report that Patrice O’Neal has passed away this morning at 7:00am 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. His mother, who was also his best friend, was at his side. Patrice is survived by his wife, Vondecarlo; his step daughter Aymilyon, sister Zinder, and his mother Georgia.
The family wishes to thank all of the fans and friends who have expressed an outpouring of love and support for Patrice these past weeks. We ask that you please respect the family’s request for privacy at this difficult time."
Patrice was popular for his unique stand-up routine and was a fixture on several roast specials. On the roasts, they would make fun of Patrice for his diabetes, which a lot of friends did not feel he took seriously, and would joke about his death. His death is no joke......and neither is diabetes.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Another big man gone too soon....
My God. I heard about the stroke but I was hoping he'd get better and now this. I'm very shocked about this. A real funny dude who's now gone too soon. R.I.P.
Is that for real, Doc? Oh my goodness. Another youngster gone JUSt LIKE THAT!! I've seen him on tv and thought he was really funny. Hate hearing this.....
Sad. We had him booked at our job (Tommy Ts comedy club) for the 3rd week of dec. cancelled after the stroke but I was hoping he'd reschedule.