RIP: John Pinette

John Pinette Main coverJohn Pinette, who made the world laugh with his jokes, was found dead in a Pittsburgh Hotel Room, he was only fifty. The medical examiner ruled the death as a result of natural causes, as John Pinette suffered a pulmonary embolism.

John Pinette died of natural causes stemming from a medical history he was being treated for, the medical examiner’s spokesman said. An autopsy will not be done since his personal doctor signed the death certificate.

Comedian John Pinette, died just three months after he told fans that he was postponing his national stand-up tour because of health problems.

John Pinette told his twitter followers earlier this year that he was physically spent after losing a lot of weight and undergoing some small surgeries, and would have to take a break from work. Pinette wrote, “I didn’t give myself enough time to heal this past fall and it has caught up to me, but I’m on the mend and I promise to hit the stage as soon as humanly possible.”

Pinette toured the comedy club circuit for more than two decades, but he may be best known for his role in the series finale of Seinfeld in 1998. His character, Howie, was a carjacking victim in the last episode.

John Pinette, who once weighed four hundred and fifty pounds, slimmed to about two hundred and fifty pounds in the past two years. His dramatic weight loss was the subject of a new comedy set he was developing that he titled They Call Me Slim.

Pinette was in college working on an accounting degree when he started performing at the Boston Comedy Clubs in the 1980s. He was working at a bank when he was offered $100 a night to perform at a club.

His reputation among his friends and fellow comedians was that of a brilliant, incredibly funny and a kind man. May his soul rest in peace.

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