In his comedy, Jersey City resident Patrice Oneal had a reputation for stark honesty that led many in the industry to call him a comedian’s comedian. He took on topics like AIDS, race and most of all his poor health.
At 6-foot-4 inches, 300 pounds and age 41 years, Oneal (it was O’Neal, but he didn’t like using the apostrophe) was suffering from diabetes. He appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen in late 2011 and as other comedians poked fun of his girth he chimed in, too, with “I’m dying of diabetes.”
On Oct. 19, 2011, Oneal suffered a stroke. He died in a New York-area hospital on Nov. 29, 2011 of complications from the stroke. A funeral was held in New York and burial information was kept private.
Oneal had appeare on the Dave Chappelle show and was a regular on Opie & Anthony’s satellite radio show.
Below, Oneal performs his standup routine (circa 2003):
More on Oneal’s career can be found here.