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Patrice O'Neal dies at 41; stand-up comic and actor

Patrice O'Neal, 41, a veteran stand-up comic who gained a wider following through TV and radio and helped roast

Charlie Sheen

in September, died Tuesday from complications of

a stroke

he suffered last month. O'Neal's manager, Jonathan Brandstein, said he died at a New York-area hospital.

O'Neal grew up in Boston and started his stand-up career there. He appeared on

Conan O'Brien

and

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David Letterman
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's late-night TV shows and was a frequent guest on the "Opie & Anthony" radio show on Sirius XM.

His performance was a highlight of the

Comedy Central

roast of Sheen, who had been fired from the hit

CBS
comedy
"Two and a Half Men."

O'Neal had half-hour specials on

Showtime

and

HBO

and was the host of "Web Junk 20" on

VH1

. He also acted in the TV series

"Arrested Development,"
"Chappelle's Show"

and

"The Office."

O'Neal, who was 6 feet 5, weighed about 300 pounds and had

diabetes

, suffered a stroke Oct. 19.

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