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By United Press International   |   Dec. 1, 2011 at 4:00 AM
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PATRICE O'NEAL: Patrice O'Neal's family said on his Web site they are grateful for the outpouring of support they have received following the U.S. comedian's death.

O'Neal died Tuesday of complications from the stroke he suffered Oct. 19. He was 41.

"Many of us have lost a close and loved friend; all of us have lost a true comic genius. His mother, who was also his best friend, was at his side," the message on O'Neal's Web site said. "The family wishes to thank all of the fans and friends who have expressed an outpouring of love and support for Patrice these past weeks. We ask that you please respect the family's request for privacy at this difficult time. Thank you."

O'Neal is survived by his wife Vondecarlo, his step-daughter Aymilyon, his sister Zinder and his mother Georgia.

The comedian was a frequent guest on radio's "Opie and Anthony" show. He also performed at the "Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen" in September and was a guest star on TV's "Chappelle Show," "The Office" and "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn."

HUGH LAURIE: British actor Hugh Laurie says he won't sign on to star in another TV show after his U.S. medical drama series "House" wraps up.

The show, which shoots in Los Angeles, is currently in its eighth season. It is unclear whether it will return next season.

"I think I have been rather spoiled here," the Golden Globe Award-winning actor told Scotland's The Daily Record.

"I can't imagine there will be another one quite like this," he said. "I think I will probably be as interested by either writing or producing or directing, or some other aspect. I find the whole field of it fascinating. And I think I am extremely lucky to have had the one shot that I have had at it and I wouldn't go looking for lightning to strike twice."

Laurie's film credits include "Stuart Little," "The Borrowers," "Sense and Sensibility" and "101 Dalmatians." He has starred in the TV comedies "Fortysomething," "Jeeves and Wooster" and "A Bit of Fry & Laurie."

KRISTIN CAVALLARI: Reality TV personality Kristin Cavallari says she and her former fiance, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, have worked things out and gotten engaged again.

The couple had dated for less than a year before they split up in July. They announced their engagement in April.

The 24-year-old former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant and "The Hills" cast member confirmed she and the 28-year-old football player are back together in a Twitter message Wednesday, reported. She was spotted Tuesday sporting a 5.2-carat ring.

"This time it's official. Jay and I are engaged again :)," she said in her post.

PIPPA MIDDLETON: Pippa Middleton, Derek Jeter and Katy Perry have made U.S. broadcast journalist Barbara Walters' list of the Most Fascinating People of 2011, ABC said.

The sister of British royal newlywed Kate Middleton, as well as the professional baseball player and pop singer will be among those interviewed for a 90-minute special to air Dec. 14.

Also on the roster are the reality TV staple Kardashian family, television personality Simon Cowell, "Modern Family" co-stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, and American business tycoon/author/television personality Donald Trump, ABC said.

Walters' pick for the No. 1 Most Fascinating Person of 2011 will be announced on the program.

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