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03-09-2012, 03:04 PM #1
Former WWE Writer & Comedian Patrice O'Neal dies at 41
Comedian Patrice O'Neal, who briefly worked on the WWE Creative team, died Tuesday at the age of 41. Chris Jericho tweeted Tuesday, "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." O'Neal talked to the Atlantic City Weekly publication last year about his experience on the Creative team:
It was actually a dream situation, but I think if I had kept doing it, it wouldn’t have been a dream. When I stopped doing it, it was perfect. It was just to be able to say I did it and it was like, ‘Wow, I actually got the job!’ You know, you had to audition to get it so I actually wrote a scenario where they wanted me to write a finish to an existing beef and conclude it in a Pay-Per-View match. I think I was doing The Undertaker and Triple H and I had to escalate it for three weeks and then end it with a Pay-Per-View. At the time I was really into wrestling so that was easy to do and my writing sample got the job. It was fun; I flew around on a WWE jet, [got to] roll with some of the big-time wrestlers ... and directed a couple of vignettes. Vince McMahon was one of the few people I’ve ever seen that I was in complete awe of his presence, you know? He was the man, he was the boss. I learned a lot of things in like three days looking at Vince McMahon and how he operates; it was a hell of a thing. So when that ended it was almost like it should've ended cause it was a good experience and I didn’t have to see anything I shouldn’t see and didn’t have to deal with anything I shouldn’t have dealt with. It was just short and sweet.