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Patrice O'Neal's recent passing has had a definite impact on the Hollywood community. The envelope-pushing comedian, radio personality and actor died Tuesday at the age of 41 from complications arising from a stroke he suffered in October. The comedy community, as well as some of his other celebrity friends, took to the Internet to express the loss they felt at the passing of such a beloved comiedy icon.
One of the last public appearances O'Neal made was at Comedy Central's roast of Charlie Sheen. Appropriately, the former Two and a Half Men star took to his blog to write about the news, even admitting that he shed tears over the comedian's death.
"The entertainment world as well as the world at large lost a brilliant man today," he wrote. "Patrice had that rare 'light' around him and inside of him. I only knew him for the few days leading up the Roast. Yet I will forever be inspired by his nobility, his grace and his epic talent. My tears today are for the tremendous loss to his true friends and loving family."
Many of O'Neal's other famous fans -- including Aziz Ansari, Craig Robinson, Judah Friedlander and Eugene Mirman -- kept things short and sweet, tweeting a simple "RIP Patrice O'Neal." Sarah Silverman embellished a little, tweeting, "RIP Patrice O'Neal. You made us laugh til we cried." Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino also chimed in, saying "RIP Patrice O'neal..You were one of the best."
Some, like fellow comedian and actor Nick Cannon, felt the need to mourn on both their personal blogs and on Twitter. "An amazing comedian and an even better person. RIP Patrice O'Neal," he tweeted. On his website, he added: "Patrice was also known for his famous laugh that could be heard coming from dark corners in the back of comedy rooms when he wasn't performing. The comedy world loved him, we loved him, it is a sad day because it's a day without Patrice. He will be missed."
Patton Oswalt took time out from his funnyman schtick on Twitter to tweet, "Yes, I'm serious. And very, very sad. #RIPPatrice."
Community star and fellow stand-up comedian Donald Glover wrote, "f***.....one of the funniest and smartest comedians ever. Rest in Peace Patrice O'Neal."
Ricky Gervais claimed that O'Neal was "one of my favourite stand up comedians," while The Roots drummer Questlove called the comic's death "devastating" and said he was grateful that he got to see O'Neal at one of his last gigs.
Kevin Smith, who had worked with O'Neal in the past, reflected on their time together. "I shared some air & some air time with the man on O&A & he was always funny & thoughtful. Patrice -- he WILL be missed," Smith tweeted.
Longtime pal Dane Cook also paid tribute to O'Neal. "I started my career w/ Patrice O'Neal," he wrote. "He was 1 of the best ever. Fond memories of road gigs, late night eats & laughs."
For those of us who didn't know him, Saturday Night Live star Seth Meyers summarized the best way for us too appreciate O'Neal's life and remember him fondly. "RIP Patrice O’Neal," Meyers tweeted. "A day spent watching clips of him on-line is a day well spent."