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'Last Comic Standing' Finalist Dies

3/7/2011 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Comedian Mike DeStefano -- one of the 5 finalists on last season's "Last Comic Standing" -- died last night ... TMZ has confirmed.

Mike DeStefano Dead

DeStefano was a former heroin addict who had been clean for 11 years. According to the NBC website, he frequently performed at prisons and rehab centers for free.

According to reports, DeStefano died after suffering a massive heart attack last night.

His rep released a statement saying, "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of a dear friend, a true gentleman, a great comic, and a fierce warrior, Mike DeStefano."

The statement continues ...

"Mike had a lot of wisdom to share with the world from his own life lessons and he always did it with laughter and a smile.

It’s hard to think that there won’t be any more “hey sweetheart” calls, because Mike always made my day with his mix of kindness and warmth AND profanity filled rants against the wrongs of the world. He was the genuine article. We love you and will miss you, Mike."
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Marty    

All the crap he went through and he bites the dust with a Heart Attack! Hope you made it to the other side in good shape buddy!

1137 days ago
2.

queen love    

I vaguely remember him...huh.

1137 days ago
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Ellery    

Truly talented guy. Loved his style and content. RIP.

1137 days ago
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artie help    

this guy was ok, feel terrible he seems like a good guy

1137 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

.....and this, boys and girls, is why we do NOT do drugs.

1137 days ago
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Slutty Whores Rock    

"It is with a heavy heart......."
Yeah, this would appear to be an extremely poor choice of words, which would figure being from the rep for a dead junkie.
Rimshot!

1137 days ago
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LB    

Sometimes years of drugs damage the heart and when you become clean and sober, the damage has already been done. R.I.P.

1137 days ago
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AgentTokie    

Cheryl are you serious?? I mean you could not find anything better to say then something so stupid, the man been clean for 11 years and died of a heart attack how do you know it had anything to do with drugs.

Some people on here need to step back from the keyboard.

1137 days ago
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Miss Bu    

OMG RIP Mike you were very funny!!!

1137 days ago
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ocgirl    

He was really funny, and one of my favorites from the show. RIP.

1137 days ago
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AgentTokie    

@LB Then their are people who have NEVER done drugs that have heart attacks.

1137 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

is this a joke????

1137 days ago
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Recovery Comedy    

Mike you will be truly missed. You were an amazing man and a truly talented comedian who overcame incredible challenges to bring laughter to other people.

http://www.recoverycomedy.com

1137 days ago
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SEER    

TAKE HEED CHARLIE SHEEN!

1137 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

Agent Tokie

The guy had aids too which may or may not have been caused by using a NEEDLE.

So, do you think that anyone SHOULD do drugs?

Idiot.

1137 days ago
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