With his staccato stoner delivery and surreal musings on everyday objects from fish sticks to crazy straws, comedian Mitch Hedberg, who was found dead in a New Jersey hotel room on March 30 at age 37, reportedly of heart failure, was an inspired mix of Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Wright, and Jeff Spicoli. The St. Paul-born Hedberg had struggled with drug and alcohol abuse while amassing a dedicated following who repeated his pithy, head-trippy one-liners ''I love an escalator because it can never break. It can only become stairs'' like they were rock lyrics. And he performed like a rock star, bangs hanging over his shades, face cast down on his mike: Perhaps this was a lasting side effect of his early stage fright or a sign of unwavering focus on his craft. ''He will be sorely missed by his many fans, of which I am proud to say I am one,'' says Dave Attell. ''F---, yes, stand-up for life,'' Hedberg once said. Sadly, his ended too soon.