Comedian Patrice O'Neal, who most recently appeared on The Roast of Charlie Sheen, suffered a serious stroke last week for which he was hospitalized and may not recover.
Fellow comedian Jim Norton, co-host of the Opie and Anthony Show, told viewers he is unsure whether or not 41-year-old O'Neal will recover from the stroke.
We don't know how he's going to be, Norton told Opie and Anthony listeners. I didn't want to do this by myself. I wish we had more news for you.
Norton delivered the message to listeners with the help of Colin Quinn, Robert Kelly, Rich Vos and Keith Robinson, saying he decided to make the announcement on air about O'Neal because we wanted it to come from us.
We don't know how he is. It's too soon to tell. Anybody who knows about strokes, it takes a while sometimes, we just don't know.
O'Neal suffered from the stroke last week, but according to Norton, they have kept the incident quiet out of respect for O'Neal's family by request.
It's tempting to try to reach out, but you've got to let the family alone. Don't try to find out where he is, don't try to send him anything. Instead, the Opie and Anthony Facebook page made a statement and offered information and a route to send loving words to the ill-stricken comedian.
Our close friend Patrice O'Neal suffered a stroke last week, the statement reads. Please respect his family and their request for privacy. An email has been set up for fans to send him well wishes and his family will make sure he gets them. You can write to LoveForPatrice@gmail.com. When we have an update on his condition, we will let you all know.
Patrice O'Neal is a frequent guest on the Opie and Anthony Show, which airs on SiriusXM Satellite Radio weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
According to his biography, O'Neal got his start in a uterus before his first open mic night in 1992 at Estelle's Bar and Grill on Tremont Street in Boston. Since then, O'Neal has made many television appearances, including: MTV's Apt 2F, Assy McGee, Ed, Z Rock, Yes Dear, Arrested Development, Chappelle Show, The Office and a Def Comedy Jam debut in 2007. O'Neal's Web site states that he is currently in a deal with Comedy Central to produce his own series, which he will star in.
Most recently, O'Neal appeared on Comedy Central's the Charlie Sheen Roast, which brought in a record-setting 6.4 million viewers. Enduring a long-term battle with diabetes, O'Neal took a moment to roast his roasters.
How the f--- can I be too mean after all this s---. I can't believe it. I'm dying of diabetes and you motherf---ers are like, 'Oh, that evil fat f---.'
View Patrice O'Neal on the Charlie Sheen Roast below.