Mike DeStefano Dies At 44

Published on March 08, 2011, 8:28 am
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He was known for his appearance on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and the sometimes uncomfortable honesty he put into in his shows. He was set to start a one-man show in New York on Wednesday.

But instead Mike DeStefano died  Sunday night from a heart attack, according to reports.

The Bronx native is probably best known as a finalist from the last season of “Last Comic Standing.” He recently wrapped up a series of sold-out shows called “Drugs, Disease and Death: A Comedy.”

It was this sort of dark-tinged, self-effacing humor that DeStefano used. He came from a history of deep drug addiction – he began using heroin at the age of 15 according to TV Guide – and never entered the world of comedy until the death of his wife.

The producer of DeStefano’s recent show and long-time supporter posted  a one-word message on Twitter-  simply: “devastated.”

In the bio section of his website, DeStefano had writen: “I am a stand up comic. Before that, I was a drug counselor. Before that, I was a drug addict. Before that, I was 12!”

He was 44 years-old.



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