'Last Comic Standing' finalist Mike DeStefano dies

Mike-DeStefanoImage Credit: Dan DionComedian Mike DeStefano, best known for his stint on last season’s installment of Last Comic Standing, has died, his rep confirms to EW.

In a statement, his representative said: “We are indeed incredibly saddened by the loss of this amazing man. He had touched the lives of many with his unique brand of comedy and was looking forward to sharing the same with so many more. Mostly, we will all miss his huge heart and incredibly loving and selfless passion for people. Our friend Mike DeStefano passed away on March 6.”

The Bronx-born comedian, a rehabilitated drug addict-turned-counselor who placed fourth on the NBC reality competition last season, reportedly suffered a heart attack.


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  • whatevs

    I really liked him on that show. As sad as the situation is, it’s a little bit of a relief to know that it wasn’t drugs that took him.

    • Rolo Tomasi

      of course they did

      • K

        You don’t know what the f**k you’re talking about

      • JAM

        a lot of former users fall victim to the heart attack. The heart is weaked by all the drug abuse.

      • Lizzie

        Yes, the use of drugs probably damaged his heart causing the heart attack. Very common.

      • Joe

        Good riddance. He was a homophobic prick and a nasty junkie.

      • K

        Wow, hopefully someone says the same nasty crap about you when you die. Spread the love a**hole.

      • Steve

        You kiss your mother with that mouth joe? Oh wait i meant father?

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    • tiff1980

      it’s a relief to know that a man died of a heart attack, not drugs? I would keep my comments to myself in the future.

      • Donald

        The ultimate goal of every recovering addict is to die sober.

    • to explain

      It’s true, unfortunately. Even though he didn’t die of an overdose, it’s highly likely that at such a young age and with a history of drug abuse, this heart attack wouldn’t have happened otherwise.

      • Izzy Roush

        This boy was 16:
        Fennville’s undefeated boys basketball season took a tragic turn Thursday night when standout player Wes Leonard (High School Sports Network bio.) collapsed on the court moments after leading the Blackhawks to a 57-55 overtime win against Bridgman at home.

        The 16-year-old junior was rushed by ambulance to Holland Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The cause of death is unknown, according to hospital officials.

      • truth

        Actually, that kid died of a genetic condition (enlarged heart). Mike was a hardcore drug user, which stresses the heart so much that it’s very hard to recover from. If he had any kind of congenital heart issue, he unfortunately was a ticking time bomb. Really too bad, he was pretty funny.

      • BWags

        why post about Wes (the Fennville kid)? Yes, he had an enlarged heart (although we don’t know if it was genetic, viral or other right now) but the two situations are completely different.

    • K

      Yes it is! He was an awesome RECOVERING addict

    • Lizzie

      Whatevs- I understood what you meant…

    • Chaz Winterbottom

      I heard he took too much Charlie Sheen.

      • Sylvia

        But there have been no reports of his face having melted off.

    • Debbie338

      Most drugs don’t have an effect on the heart, but cocaine is the glaring exception. Cocaine kills myocardial cells, the muscle fibers of the heart. People who did a lot of coke face a much higher risk of heart attack.

    • fefrfr

      Wow stupid! The guy did so many drugs in his past his heart was 90 yrs old. You are stuck on stupid!

      • Rangerbat3rd

        you know it is amazing the comments I see about my friends death. I have never heard so many no class idiots in one place in my life. and fefrfr keep your comments to yourself maybe were stuck on stupid, but tommorow you’ll still be stuck on useless and incosiderate. R.I.P Mikey D the world is a darker place with out you.

  • patti damm chucka

    childhood friend – former neighbor – we are all so sad. . . what a loss. . .

    • D

      He was my favorite on the show. Too sad.

    • KatyMay

      He was the only reason I watched the show, I thought he was hilarious. RIP

  • pastafarian

    Mike will be missed dearly. If you haven’t heard his episode of Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast, download it now. One of the most open and honest interviews you will ever hear.

    • Lucy

      I agree. One of the best WTF episodes in my opinion.

      • B.Rich

        Agreed, as soon as I saw this I assumed HIV was the cause.

    • Carl Black

      That interview may well have changed my life. I know it has so far…. Amazing interview….

  • Liz

    RIP Mike you will truly be missed..

  • bootsycolumbia

    My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I liked him on LCS. He was really funny.

  • sd

    :(
    He just seemed like “the real deal,” a good human being who sincerely cared about and could really touch and reach people.

  • Nicotine

    I really liked him on Last Comic Standing. He had a refreshing sense of humor for a guy with his past issues. My jaw hung open when I read this article. Sad, sad news. God bless his family!

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  • Tenney

    This is so sad. He was my favorite on LCS. My sympathies to his family and friends.

  • osanchez701@gmail.com

    I’m so sadden by this news; I just saw his Saturday performance and thought he was wonderful. Just came across this news as I was looking him up to go see him again. My sympanthy goes out to his family & friends

  • LIMami

    Ugh! very sad, he’s regularly played on Sirius XM Blue Collar Comedy & Raw Dawg Comedy… very funny guy… :-(

  • Jeff from Jersey; yes New Jersey

    Very sad news. A funny, funny man. He*ll be missed.

  • Kmac

    This is so sad. I loved him on last comic standing and saw him live in Milwaukee-which was even better and uncensored. Condolences to his friends and family.

    • Viren

      Wow! Great to find a post knoicnkg my socks off!

  • cattyfan

    Yes, his heart attack was probably linked to his drug abuse. And ya know what? That doesn’t matter to the family and friends who mourn his death.

    Rest in peace.

  • Annony

    Remember the high school basketball player who died of a Heart Attack last week? I’m sure he wasn’t doing drugs. We all go sometime right. Maybe heaven needed a laugh eh! :) RIP!!

    • s b

      That young BB player did not die from a heart attack – a blockage of an artery supplying blood to the heart. He died from sudden cardiac death – the heart beating too fast to efficiently pump blood to the brain, lungs, body and other vital organs.

      DeStefano may have simply had a high level of cholesterol in his blood and developed a blockage. Or, drug abuse may have damaged his heart – we will never know.

      • Timmie

        Not so fast my friend. Sudden cardiac death refers to an arrhythmia (v tach or v fib)that leads to inefficient delivery of blood to the vital organs. It can be brought on by a heart attack or blockage of the coronaries. I know, my Dad died of it.

  • Jim

    Now playing in the big room… Peace, Mike.

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