East coast original Patrice O’Neal, known for his stand-up, VH1 commentary (I love the 80s/70s) and most recently for his set at the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, passed away yesterday due to complications from a stroke he had on October 19.
The frequent Opie & Anthony radio guest who was a longtime diabetic, brought a lot of intelligence and thoughtfulness blanketed in brazen sarcasm to everyday culture, such as his hatred for certain tattoos. (“So what your third cousin got shot, so now I gotta look at his fuckin’ face?”)
And, on watching Fight Club for the first time the signature gap-toothed pro said, “This did nothing for me, but I think I’ve run into the holy grail of something white…it’s self-hate, guilt, the burden of white guys who can’t be men.” Charlie Sheen (and many many others) Tweeted about this loss, writing the touching words,
“The entertainment world as well as the world at large lost a brilliant man today. Patrice had that rare “light” around him and inside of him. I only knew him for the few days leading up the Roast. Yet I will forever be inspired by his nobility, his grace and his epic talent. my tears today are for the tremendous loss to his true friends and loving family.”