Famous figures from Roxbury
Radio talk show host Opie of 'Opie & Anthony' tweeted, "Yes, it's true that our pal Patrice O'Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I've ever known PERIOD."
He was a food vendor at Ruggles Street train station, sold flowers on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester, and played football at West Roxbury High.
In 1992, he tried out comedy after he was challenged to try stand-up at a show on Tremont Street, where he had been heckling a comedian.