Patrice O’Neal Passed Away At 41

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Patrice O’Neal, a stand-up comedian who boisterously took on debatable issues like battle, AIDS and his own battle with diabetes, passed away on Wednesday. He was 41 and resided in New Jacket.

He passed away in a medical in the New You are able to Metropolis region from problems of a action he experienced on Oct. 19, his representative, He Ice, said.

“See, I’ve got to shed bodyweight now to remain in existence, and that is not enough drive for me,” Mr. O’Neal said in one of his tv packages on Humor Middle.

At 6-foot-4 and about 300 bodyweight, Mr. O’Neal informed the level with not only his mass but also his penchant for fancy clothes and organizations, and his confrontational design. He was noisy and unforeseen, regularly veering away from ready substance with a curse-laden segue.

Mr. O’Neal’s track record for foolhardy reliability led many to telephone him a comic’s comedian. He could distance people and stars as well, both of whom he mocked often.

He was fast to discount his detractors. “Liars never like me,” he informed Punchline paper, which protects the comedy community. “They never want to be given anything immediately.”

He did not spare himself: his size and his diabetes were often incorporated into his act.

Mr. O’Neal had a career most comedians would envy. He had stand-up specials on HBO as well as Comedy Central and appeared on television comedies like Michael Hurwitz’s lauded “Arrested Development,” NBC’s version of “The Office” and Dave Chappelle’s hit Comedy Central sketch series, “Chappelle’s Show.” He also performed regularly on the “Opie & Anthony” satellite radio show.

Mr. O’Neal appeared in a handful of movies, including the Spike Lee drama “The 25th Hour” (2002), released a stand-up album and DVD, “Elephant in the Room” (2011), and was co-host of the short-lived Comedy Central show “Shorties Watchin’ Shorties,” which featured the voices of comedians like Dane Cook, Denis Leary and Greg Giraldo riffing as animated babies.

His last widely viewed performance was at the Comedy Central roast of the actor Charlie Sheen in September. “I respect Charlie Sheen, I do,” Mr. O’Neal said, then added, “Not his body of work.”

During his set he likened Mike Tyson to Muhammad Ali, not because they were boxers but because both became acceptable to white people. And he advised Steve-O, a recovering drug addict and a star of MTV’s “Jackass,” to relapse.

Patrice Lumumba Malcolm O’Neal (he was named after the Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba, and his last name has often been spelled Oneal) was born on Dec. 7, 1969, in Boston. He began performing at open mikes there, and by the late 1990s he was working clubs in Los Angeles and New York.

He landed a guest appearance on the MTV comedy “Apt. 2F” in 1997 and worked briefly as a writer for World Wrestling Entertainment before he had his first stand-up special on Comedy Central and was seen on the short-lived sketch series “The Colin Quinn Show.”

Mr. O’Neal is survived by his wife, Vondecarlo; a stepdaughter, Aymilyon; a sister, Zinder; and his mother, Georgia.