A former contestant on season 5 of NBC’s summer reality series Last Comic Standing, Mike Destefano was found dead at his home on Sunday night. Over the past 11 years, he has been clean, but he was known for being a heroin addict prior to being sober.
Destefano often performed at rehabilitation centers and prisons for free over the years. Destefano’s rep released a statement yesterday afternoon saying the following: “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.”