Comedian Jim Norton broke the news to fans during the Opie and Anthony radio show that fellow comic Patrice O’Neal has suffered a stroke. And according to Norton, O’Neal’s condition looks grim.
“We don’t know how he is. We don’t know how he’s going to be,” said Norton. “I didn’t want to do this by myself. I wish we had more news for you.”
Opie and Anthony also posted a statement on the show’s Facebook page:
“Our close friend Patrice O’Neal suffered a stroke last week,” the statement reads. “Please respect his family and their request for privacy. An email has been set up for fans to send him well wishes and his family will make sure he gets them. You can write to LoveForPatrice@gmail.com. When we have an update on his condition, we will let you all know.” Norton added that he made the announcement onair becase “we wanted it to come from us.”