At 7:00 a.m., Patrice O’Neal died from complications from his stroke. He was 41 years old. O’Neal was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes while in his early 20’s, and also struggled with weight issues for years.
A month earlier, on October 19, 2011, O’Neal reported being unable to move his legs, the first signs of a stroke. He was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center, and later Englewood Hospital where doctors performed surgery to remove a blood clot. He lost his ability to speak, and later his ability to move, for a time communicating by eye movements, before losing that ability as well.
Doctors warned that if he survived, he would likely remain permanently paralyzed and unable to speak.
Initially the family made efforts to keep news of O’Neal’s illness quiet. On October 26, 2011, it was announced to the public on The Opie and Anthony Show that O’Neal had suffered a stroke a week earlier.
He is survived by his longtime partner (whom he often referred to as his wife) Vondecarlo Brown, mother Georgia, stepdaughter Aymilyon, and sister Zinder.
Patrice Lumumba Malcolm O’Neal, usually credited as Patrice O’Neal, was a stand-up comedian, radio personality, and actor.
O’Neal’s funeral was held on December 5 at Park Avenue Christian Church in New York City, and was attended by notable comedians including Chris Rock, Colin Quinn, Nick DiPaolo, Artie Lange, Jim Norton, Dane Cook, Wanda Sykes, and Kevin Hart.
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