The 41 year old funnyman was a regular at TV and comedy roasts and performed at the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen in September (11).
He often appeared on the Opie and Anthony radio show and also featured on TV shows like Chappelle's Show and The Office.
Announcing the sad news via Twitter.com, radio personality Gregg 'Opie' Hughes tweeted, "It's true that our pal Patrice O'Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I've ever known PERIOD."
O'Neal passed away on Monday night (28Nov11).
The actor's son was detained by police after his vehicle veered into oncoming traffic in San Pasqual and collided with another car.
The 47 year old initially pleaded not guilty to drink-driving charges, but he was back in court in San Diego, California on Tuesday (22Nov11) to change his plea to guilty.
He admitted a charge of driving under the influence and possession of a firearm by a felon and faces up to four years in prison.
O'Neal will be back in court for sentencing on 12 January (12).
The former Two and a Half Men star was on the receiving end of O'Neal's jokes at the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen last month (Sep11), but the actor insists he has nothing but well wishes for the funnyman.
In a statement released to TMZ.com, Sheen says, "(Patrice) is a gentle giant, a brilliant comedian, and a noble dude. Wishing him nothing but recovery, healing and laughter."
O'Neal's family has asked for privacy and set up an email account, LoveForPatrice@gmail.com, so fans can send him messages of support.
The 41 year old, who recently performed at the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, is currently recovering after falling ill.
Confirming the news, comedian Jim Norton tells U.S. radio's Opie and Anthony Show, on which O'Neal was a regular, "We wanted it to come from us. We don't know how he is. We don't know how he's going to be. I didn't want to do this by myself. I wish we had more news for you."
O'Neal's family has appealed for privacy, setting up an email account, LoveForPatrice@gmail.com, to receive messages from well-wishers.
O'Neal avoided jail time in August (11) after he pleaded no contest to two felony counts, including heroin and firearms possession, because the judge sentencing him felt he would be better served in rehab.
He was also placed on five years' probation but warned he faced a three-year state prison sentence if he violated the court's terms. Last month (Sep11), his probation was revoked and Redmond was taken into custody after confessing he used drugs while in rehab.
He was back in court on Friday (07Oct11) to be sentenced, but Court Judge Keith Schwartz decided the best place for O'Neal would be in rehab, and ordered him back to the centre. He will be fitted with an electronic monitoring device.
Redmond's lawyer Richard Pintal tells E! News his client made a heart-felt speech to the court. He says, "I'm proud how honest (Redmond) was with the court. It was a young man speaking from the heart, who has insight about his demons and addictions and he sincerely wants to address them.
"I am extremely pleased with the results. He is out of jail. He is in treatment. The judge put on a list of very stringent conditions, all of which are very fair and very reasonable. These conditions are all in the short term/long term hope that Redmond gets clean and has a life outside of the criminal justice system - which is what everyone wants."
A progress hearing will be held on 16 November (11).
Redmond O'Neal was jailed in 2009 after he was found in possession of heroin during a routine security check at the Pitchess Detention Center, California. He was behind bars when his mother died in June, 2009.
The Monster's Ball beauty split from model Aubry last year (10) and they have been embroiled in a custody battle over Nahla ever since.
Berry was granted permission to take her little girl to Europe, where she is shooting her new movie Cloud Atlas, and the former couple agreed on a deal that would give Aubry visitation while abroad.
But Aubry is now looking to adjust the terms of the agreement, which dictated that a nanny must be present at all times whenever he is with Nahla, three.
His lawyer, Gary Fishbein, headed to court on Friday (07Oct11) to file the request, which was challenged by Berry's legal representative Neal Hersh, reports TMZ.com.
A decision is expected to be made later on Friday.
The 46 year old veered into oncoming traffic and collided with another car as he was driving through San Diego County, California, causing head and neck injuries to the other driver.
O'Neal is facing six felony and misdemeanour charges related to the incident, reports The San Diego Union Tribune.
Deputy District Attorney Vanessa DuVall stated in court on Thursday (06Oct11) that blood tests showed O'Neal had amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana and anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system at the time of the accident, while loaded firearms were allegedly found in his vehicle.
Defence attorney Heather Boxeth claimed O'Neal had been trying to help his half-brother, Redmond O'Neal, who had been arrested on suspicion of heroin possession and violating probation after cops allegedly found heroin in his car earlier on the same day.
Griffin was on probation for a 2007 DUI conviction when the car collision occurred. He faces 11 years and six months in prison if convicted.
After garnering widespread praise (and an Oscar nomination for screenwriting) for his 2000 directorial debut You Can Count on Me Kenneth Lonergan was in-demand. In September 2005 the writer/director began production on a follow-up feature: Margaret which touted Anna Paquin Matt Damon Mark Ruffalo Matthew Broderick Allison Janney as well as legendary filmmakers Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) as producers. The movie wrapped production in a few months time. The buzz was already growing.
Now six years later the movie is finally hitting theaters. So…what took so long?
The journey to this point hasn't been an easy one and it shows. If a film's shot footage is a block of granite and the editing process is the careful carving that turns it into a statuesque work of art Margaret feels like it was attacked by a blind man with a jackhammer. The film is a cinematic disaster a mishmash of shallow characters overwrought politics and sporadic tones. The story follows Lisa Coen (Paquin) a New York teenager who finds herself drowning in chaos after distracting a bus driver (Ruffalo) causing him to hit and kill a pedestrian (Janney). Initially Lisa tells the police it was all an accident but as time passes regret takes hold and the girl embarks on a mission to take down the man she now regards as a culprit. That's just the tip of the iceberg–along the way Lisa deals with everyday teen stuff: falling for her geometry teacher (Damon) combating her anxiety-ridden actress mother losing her virginity dabbling in drugs debating 9/11 and the Iraq War cultivating a relationship with her father in LA and more. There are about eight seasons of television stuffed into Margaret but even a two and a half hour run time can't make it all click.
For more on Margaret check out Indie Seen: Margaret the Long Lost Anna Paquin/Matt Damon Movie
This morning, on the fourth hour of the Today Show, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford said that Whitney Cummings and her new show were the things that were going to ride in and save the network. I’m thinking those statements had something to do with the colorful cocktails in their hands because after watching the pilot episode of Whitney, I can resolutely say there’s no way it’s strong enough to carry an entire network, especially when the peacock has so many other better and more promising shows (Up All Night, Parks and Rec, The Office, 30 Rock – Whitney can’t compare). So what’s the problem? Well, there are a few.
First off, I really want to like Whitney. She’s got the down-to-earth girl attitude, she’s not about getting all dolled up all the time or perpetuating some unrealistic expectation of how a woman should behave. This notion is refreshing, it’s just too bad the show doesn’t deliver on that idea. Whitney is in a long-term relationship her boyfriend Alex (Chris D’Elia) who she lives with. They’re extremely comfortable and incredibly in love, but the constant barrage of societal pressures about how their relationship should progress or what their sex life should be like starts to get to her. She tries to spice things up with a nurse outfit and role-playing, but her little stunt lands her man in the hospital. She’s not allowed back because she’s only his girlfriend and the question of marriage comes up – it would solve everything in this situation. Too bad that question is answered by the time the tag hits.
Her friends consist of Lily and Neal (Zoe Lister-Jones and Maulik Pancholy), a new couple who can’t keep their hands off each other; the horndog cop Mark (Dan O’Brien) and a bitter, drug-addled divorcee named Roxanne (Rhea Seehorn). These are not only the exact cohorts we’d expect for a premise like this, but not a single one of them is likeable. They’re all obnoxious and not as a result of their most recent relationship status changes; their issues are inherent. It’s a bit of a bummer, since Lister-Jones is such a solid presence in indie films, but when she steps foot on Whitney, she loses her charm.
Finally, even if those characters worked and the pilot didn’t resolutely answer the only question it answered, the show would still be lacking a little something. Cummings has made a decent living as a stand-up comedian and that’s obvious throughout the show. Many scenes feel much like a stand-up routine instead of a conversation or an actual event. It’s not that there isn’t something funny about them, but in a sitcom setting we need more than just a good joke, we need it to fit in the story, be believable and still make us laugh. Whitney just doesn’t seem to accomplish that, and often it feels like the characters are explaining the situation just a little too much. This isn’t the set-up for your bit about anniversary sex, Whitney. Show us, don’t tell us.
There was one scene in the whole episode that gives me hope. Whitney gets a nurse costume for her anniversary with Alex and the whole awkward/sexy scene was charming and enjoyable. Whitney’s delivery wasn’t as stale as it is in the rest of the series and D’Elia’s dumb guy schtick is pretty cute and likable. We also get a spot of Jane Kaczermarek as Whitney’s mom, and despite the boring dialogue, the actress makes it work.
There are areas of the sitcom that work, but there’s so much that doesn’t. If the writers don’t adjust their supporting characters to be more likeable and Whitney doesn’t loosen up, I don’t see this series making it for very long. Then again, NBC needs a hit, so maybe shying away from the critically-acclaimed single-camera comedies for a typical, cute, multi-camera sitcom with a live studio audience is just what the doctor (Quinn medicine woman?) ordered. It’s hard to gauge what the American public will do, but Whitney sure doesn’t get my vote on a night when some of the best shows on television are competing for our viewership.
O'Neal avoided jail time last month (Aug11) after he pleaded no contest to two felony counts, including heroin and firearms possession - because the judge sentencing him felt he'd be better served in rehab.
He was also placed on five years' probation but warned he faced a three-year state prison sentence if he violated the court's terms.
On Thursday (15Sep11), his probation was revoked and Redmond has been taken into custody after confessing to using drugs in rehab.
Prosecutors claim O'Neal called a dealer from a pay phone and had methamphetamine brought to him at the facility.
He will return to court on 7 October (11) for sentencing.
Redmond O’Neal was jailed in 2009 after he was found in possession of heroin during a routine security check at the Pitchess Detention Center, California. He was behind bars when his mother died in June, 2009.