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Last Comic Standing Comedian Mike DeStefano Has Passed Away

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So tragic after he had overcome so much!

Comedian Mike DeStefano, who was a finalist on last season's Last Comic Standing, passed away last night after reportedly suffering a massive heart attack.

DeStefano had been a heroin addict who cleaned himself up and stayed clean for 11 years. He gave back by performing for free at rehab centers and prisons.

Here's what his rep had to say in a statement:

"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."

"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."

Our thoughts are with Mike's family, friends, and fellow comedians during this difficult time.

Thank you for making the world laugh, Mike. You will be missed.

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8 comments to “Last Comic Standing Comedian Mike DeStefano Has Passed Away”



  1. 1

    Is it true he also had AIDS? Poor guy, that sucks!



  2. 2

    A massive heart attack is a great way to go, over and done with, that's it. Too bad that it happened so early in his life.



  3. 3

    So saddened by the news. Mike was one of my Last Comic faves of all time! He will be missed.



  4. 4

    He was one of the funniest on last comic. It sucks that he passed away :(



  5. 5

    So sad….I'm a recovering addict in SoFla who had the pleasure of meeting Mikey D and he was such an inspiration and so damn funny….he will be missed



  6. 6

    Re: So-Cal-Deviant – He has the HIV virus in his blood but, by some stroke of luck, it did not lead to AIDS (it happens). Doctors used to take his blood every 6 months to study why he was free from it.



  7. 7

    RIP
    he is an inspiration
    clean yourself up and reach for full potential
    :)



  8. 8

    Mike is the perfect example to those who think they can't change.