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Last Comic Standing finalist Mike DeStefano dies at 44

Comedian Mike DeStefano, best known for his stint on last season’s installment of Last Comic Standing, died yesterday of a heart attack at age 44.

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.”

A former heroin addict, DeStefano had been clean for 11 years as well as HIV positive at the time of his death. Prior to competing on “Last Comic Standing,” the Bronx native had appeared on other shows, including “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and Comedy Central‘s “Live at Gotham.” The comic was set to take his one-man show “A Cherry Tree” back to his home borough on Wednesday. He had also recently wrapped up a line of sold-out shows called “Drugs, Disease and Death: A Comedy.”

Greg Giraldo – Dead at 44

The Last Comic Standing judge, frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show and Comedy Central fixture was a Columbia and Harvard Law School-educated attorney who became a master of insult comedy. He died at age 44, four days after an accidental overdose of prescription medication.