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.
[Image via Twitter.]