Lanford Beard
November 29, 2011 AT 07:57 PM EST

Charlie Sheen released a statement via his Twitter in celebration of comedian Patrice O’Neal, who died unexpectedly today at the age of 41. The two met when O’Neal participated in Sheen’s Comedy Central Roast. O’Neal found himself the butt of many jokes about his long-term battle with diabetes. Today, Sheen took a more reverent tone, calling O’Neal “a brilliant man.” See Sheen’s full statement after the jump.

“The entertainment world as well as the world at large lost a brilliant man today. Patrice had that rare ‘light’ around him and inside of him. I only knew him for the few days leading up the Roast. Yet I will forever be inspired by his nobility, his grace and his epic talent. my tears today are for the tremendous loss to his true friends and loving family.”

Sheen joined many comedians and fellow celebrities in mourning O’Neal on Twitter this afternoon.

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