R.I.P. Patrice O’Neal (1969-2011)

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Terrible news to pass along this afternoon. Patrice O’Neal, comedian and former host of VH1′s Web Junk 20, passed away last night at the age of 41. As we told you back in October, Patrice had suffered a stroke, which was reportedly diabetes-related, and was never able to recover.

The news broke via the Twitter account of radio host Gregg “Opie” Hughes, who was very close to Patrice and also broke the original news of his stroke back in October. His tweet simply read, “Yes it’s true that our pal Patrice O’Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker i’ve ever known PERIOD. #devastated”

Everyone here in the VH1 family is also devastated by the loss of one of the warmest and funniest people we have ever had the pleasure of working with, and we’d like to send our thoughts and prayers to Patrice’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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