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Comedian Patrice O'Neal suffers stroke

Oct. 26, 2011 at 7:41 PM

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. actor and comedian Patrice O'Neal has suffered a stroke, a close friend said Wednesday.

O'Neal, 41, was stricken last week, fellow comic Jim Norton announced on the "Opie and Anthony" satellite radio talk show, where O'Neal was a frequent guest, E! News reported.

"We don't know how he is. We don't know how he's going to be," said Norton. "I didn't want to do this by myself. I wish we had more news for you."

O'Neal was recently featured on a Comedy Central roast of friend Charlie Sheen. TMZ said Sheen released a statement calling O'Neal "a gentle giant, a brilliant comedian, and a noble dude."

"Wishing him nothing but recovery, healing and laughter," Sheen said.

A statement posted on Opie and Anthony's Facebook page said the family has set up an e-mail for fans to post their well-wishes.

"Our close friend Patrice O'Neal suffered a stroke last week," the statement said. "Please respect his family and their request for privacy. An e-mail 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."

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