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Comedian Mike DeStefano of 'Last Comic Standing' dies



tbd-mikedestefano030811.jpgComedian Mike DeStefano, who finished fourth last season on NBC's Last Comic Standing, has died, the AP reports. His representative at 3 Arts Entertainment confirmed DeStefano died Sunday in New York City.

The representative wouldn’t disclose DeStefano’s age or the cause of death. Punchline magazine said it was a heart attack, and noted he was HIV positive. Us wrote that he was 44, but while reports say he was a drug counselor in Florida, we can’t pin down where (likely somewhere in South Florida).

Born in the Bronx, DeStefano was a former heroin addict who became a drug counselor and then started a career in stand-up, the AP says. He played at clubs, was on TV and performed at festivals, taking plenty of material from the death of his wife and his addiction. DeStefano’s death came just days before he was scheduled to perform his one-man show, A Cherry Tree In The Bronx, in New York.

Greg Giraldo, who died back in September, was a judge on that same season of Last Comic Standing, so the cast and crew may be taking the title a bit too literally. What? They were comedians, they can take a joke.

[Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2011 5:48pm]


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