NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- 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."