Mike DeStefano, a comedian who was on the most recent season of “Last Comic Standing,” died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack, he was only 44 years old. DeStefano endeared himself to fans after a profanity laden interview with Punchline Magazine. News of the comedian’s death sent shockwaves through the comic world as fellow comedians offered their condolences via Twitter. Comedian Jim Norton tweeted, “In LA, just waking up to the sad news about Mike DeStefano. He helped so many people. I’m glad he was my friend.”
DeStefano overcame a lot of issues to become a popular comic that include heroin addiction, his wife’s death due to aids, and his own HIV infection. These personal issues allowed DeStefano to keep his life’s success in perspective while reaching all of his goals.
DeStefano was scheduled to perform a preview of his one-man show called “A Cherry Tree in the Bronx” on Wednesday of this week. The show was going to be one of his last shows in the New York City area in a while.
This is a sad day for Mike’s family and the comedy community. Our condolences go out to both.