Patrice O'Neal Dead: Charlie Sheen Responds

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By Justin Sarachik, Christian Post Reporter
November 30, 2011|10:33 am

Patrice O'Neal, a comedian and frequent radio personality for the "Opie and Anthony" radio show, died Monday night and now celebrity friends like Charlie Sheen are speaking out.

According to TMZ, Sheen released a statement that read, "The world at large lost a brilliant man today."

O'Neal recently appeared on the "Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen" in September and met Sheen a few days prior to the taping.

Sheen continued in his statement, "I will forever be inspired by his nobility, his grace and his epic talent. Patrice had that rare 'light' around him and inside of him."

"My tears today are for the tremendous loss to his true friends and loving family," he added.

O'Neal was 41 and died due to complications suffered from a stroke he had last month, TMZ reported.

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"We don't know how he is. We don't know how he's going to be,” comedian Jim Norton said on a radio show, revealing his friend's condition.

“I didn't want to do this by myself. I wish we had more news for you," Norton stated.

His friend Opie wrote on Twitter, "Yes it's true that our pal Patrice O'Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I've ever known PERIOD. #devastated."

The comedian was a staple on the "Opie and Anthony" show, adding commentary and his own humor on subjects. He also made many appearances on the "Office," "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn," and the "Chappelle Show."

He had his own XM Radio show called "The Black Philip Show" which was in reference of the "Dr. Phil Show."

O'Neal made appearances in movies: "Head of State," "Scary Movie 4," and "Furry Vengeance," and voiced the character Fizz! in "Grand Theft Auto.”

 

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