Stand up comedian and actor John Pinette died Saturday in Pittsburgh after suffering a pulmonary embolism, his manager of 24 years Larry Schapiro confirms. He was 50. Pinette, a veteran of the comedy club circuit who underwent treatment for prescription drug addiction last year, was found dead in his hotel room yesterday afternoon. No autopsy was conducted. Pinette’s feature film credits include ’90s comedy films Reckless Kelly, Junior, and Simon Sez as well as Duets, The Punisher, Rio Sex Comedy, and Hyung-rae Shim’s The Last Godfather. On the small screen, Pinette was a regular on Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and appeared on Vinnie & Bobby, High Tide, and on the series finale of Seinfeld. His comedy special John Pinette: Still Hungry premiered on Comedy Central in 2011. At the time of his death the L.A.-based comedian was touring and developing his next stand-up special, titled John Pinette: They Call Me Slim.
R.I.P. Comedian John Pinette
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