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Comedian Patrice O’Neal Dies After Suffering Stroke

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Patrice O'Neal (Christopher Polk/Getty Images Entertainment)

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NEW YORK (AP/CBSNewYork) – Heaven just got a lot more funny.

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Comedian Patrice O’Neal has died from complications after suffering a stroke last month. O’Neal’s manager Jonathan Brandstein said the comedian died Tuesday morning in a New York-area hospital. He was 41.

“Many of us have lost a close and loved friend; all of us have lost a true comic genius,” Brandstein said in a statement.

O’Neal appeared on Conan O’Brien’s and David Letterman’s late night shows and was a frequent guest on the “Opie & Anthony” radio show on Sirius XM.

“Yes it’s true that our pal Patrice O’Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I’ve known. PERIOD,” O&A said via Twitter.

O’Neal’s performance was a highlight of last summer’s Comedy Central’s roast of Charlie Sheen. Sheen tweeted on Tuesday, “The entertainment world as well as the world at large lost a brilliant man today.” He added, “My tears today are for the tremendous loss to his true friends and loving family.”

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