R.I.P. Patrice O'Neal: Ricky Gervais, Dane Cook and More Offer Twitter Tributes to "Brilliant" Comedian

Sarah Silverman, Nick Cannon and more tweet their thoughts about O'Neal, who died today at 41

By Natalie Finn Nov 29, 2011 11:43 PMTags
Patrice O'Neal, Amy Schumer, Jon LovitzChristopher Polk/Getty Images

If you like to laugh, you're going to miss Patrice O'Neal. And his fellow comedians may miss him even more.

"One of my favourite stand up comedians. So sad. RIP," Ricky Gervais tweeted Tuesday upon hearing of O'Neal's death at 41 due to complications of a stroke.

"Brilliant, unafraid, unapologetic. You inspired me and kept us all honest #RIPPatrice," wrote comedian Amy Schumer, who shared the dais with O'Neal at the Charlie Sheen roast in September.

Added Sarah Silverman: "RIP Patrice O'Neal. You made us laugh til we cried."

And the tributes kept pouring in from those who are far more used to punchlines...

Kevin Smith: "I shared some air & some air time with the man on O&A & he was always funny & thoughtful. Patrice - He WILL be missed."

Seth Myers: "RIP Patrice O'Neal. A day spent watching clips of him on-line is a day well spent."

Bob Saget: "Patrice O'Neal. So damn funny and so smart and such a giant heart."

Jeff Ross: "Sad to hear about the passing of Ed O'Neal, a great actor. Wish I knew him better. #denial."

Questlove: "So grateful i got to see Patrice Oneal do his last NYC gig. man this is so devastating. he truly was one of my favorite comics. RIP."

Sinbad: "One of the funniest comics I know Patrice Oneal died last nightafter previously suffering from astoke [sic]. I pray for yours."

Kevin Nealon: "Patrice O'Neal. Patrice O'Neal. Patrice O'Neal. Patrice O'Neal. Patrice O'Neal. Patrice O'Neal. Patrice O'Neal. Can't say it enough. RIP."

Nick Cannon: "An amazing comedian and an even better person. RIP Patrice O'Neal."

Neal Brennan: "Patrice O'Neal. I will miss you forever."

Dave Coulier: "RIP Patrice O'Neil. Brilliant comedian."

Colin Quinn: "Thanks to everybody for the Patrice ONeal comments. One of a kind. In heaven right now, charming half and infuriating half, then reversing."

Jim Gaffigan: "RIP Patrice O'Neil. Undeniably brilliant."

Anthony Jeselnik: "Goodbye, Patrice O'Neal. I didn't know you well. But I knew you'd never miss Thanksgiving."

Joe Rogan: "RIP to my friend Patrice O'Neal, a great thinker, a great comic, and a great human being. He had a truly unique perspective on this world."

David Alan Grier: "RIP Patrice Oneal...Amazing artist. Your voice n spirit will b missed."

Aziz Ansari: RIP Patrice O'Neal.

Chris Jericho: "Sad to hear about Patrice O'Neal...I met him when he was a WWE writer and worked w him many times. Sweet guy and very funny! God bless u man."

Dane Cook: "I started my career w/ Patrice O'Neal. He was 1 of the best ever. Fond memories of road gigs, late night eats & laughs."

Loni Love: "Patrice O'Neal passes away at 41..Make God Laugh my funny Brother in Comedy...I will miss you."

Lisa Lampanelli: "RIP, Patrice O'Neal. So glad we got to chat one last time a few years back. A true gentleman."

Nick DiPaolo: "Please say a prayer for my friend Patrice O Neal..truly one of the funniest guys to ever walk the planet..RIP Big Man."

Russell Simmons: "RIP Patrice."

Doug Benson: "A sad day for comedians and comedy in general."

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