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Stroke Takes Life of Comedian Patrice O’Neal at Young Age

admin - December 1, 2011

stroke riskYou may have heard the sad news that comedian and actor, Patrice O’Neal, died Tuesday at the young age of 41 due to  complications from a stroke he had in October. The specific complications were not made clear, according to a November 30 article in the Los Angeles Times.

The article, however, did cite Dr. John M. Kennedy, director of Preventive Cardiology and Wellness at Marina Del Rey Hospital who explained that common general stroke complications can result in problems like speech impairment or sensory loss in the limbs, but may have no lasting neurological damage.

He also said that other times stroke can damage the area of the brain that controls breathing or swallowing, and brain tissue scarring can trigger seizures. Additionally, the patient could develop infections, like aspiration pneumonia, if they are bedridden.

What Could Have Caused This Stroke?

It has been reported, according to the article, that Patrice O’Neal suffered from diabetes, which is a major risk factor for stroke.

For your own information, you should also know the many other risk factors for stroke as well, including:

  • Abdominal Obesity
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Smoking
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Overdoing Alcohol
  • Stress and Depression
  • Heart Disease
  • Diet

Remember to get screened from a trusted health source, like your doctor or Life Line Screening. Stroke can be prevented, and when someone as young as O’Neal passes away from such a medical issue, it really reminds us how important stroke screening is.

Patrice O’Neal’s Claims to Fame

For those of you who are trying to put the name to the face, a separate November 30 Los Angeles Times article gives Patrice O’Neal’s impressive appearance list including:

  • Conan O’Brien
  • David Letterman
  • The Opie & Anthony Show (Sirius XM)
  • The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen 
  • Showtime and HBO
  • “Arrested Development”
  • “Web Junk 20” (VH1)
  • “Chappelle’s Show”
  • “The Office”

Pictures of Patrice O’Neal can be found in the Los Angeles Times articles below that are mentioned in this post:,0,2027874.story,0,2777849.story



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