THE BLOG
12/01/2011 11:50 am ET | Updated Jan 29, 2012

Saying goodbye to one of our own

Standing in front of a crowd of nearly 7,000 people in a Boston, a man walked across the stage in a page boy hat, gap in his teeth and a smile that could light up the entire city... for 10 minutes people laughed hysterical as he spoke about women, Michael Jackson and having diabetes, he literally held the audience in his hand

And that stage lost one of Boston's brightest and best, Patrice O'Neal passed away at the age of 41 from a combination of a stroke he suffered back in October and diabetes, for one brave month he fought valiantly but ultimately he was just too tired and he went to that great place in the sky where he could trade jokes with Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison, Rodney and all the greats who've passed away.

Patrice was a staple in Boston comedy, which has bred some of the world's best comedians, everyone from Jay Leno to Lenny Clarke and Dane Cook has come from right here in Boston and Patrice was right up there with them. He always his own and this past month he truly did just that.

His last appearance was just before the his stroke where he roasted Charlie Sheen and was scheduled to attend the Annual Comics Come Home for the Cam Neely which he faithfully attended every year for 16 years, no matter where he was or if he was taping, he always made sure to come home and attend and Being from Boston, he was a highlight because here's one of our own who came from a rough neighborhood, rose to the top and stayed there.

Patrice O'Neal will be remembered for his giggle, that thousand smile and the ability to bring a crowd to their knees and a career that was cut too briefly.

The angels have gained a funny angel tonight. And we've lost a friend

What is your favorite Patrice O'Neal Joke or memory?