Standup stalwart John Pinette, famous for his cameo in the Seinfeld finale, and beloved by fellow comedians, was found dead in a hotel room on Pittsburgh Saturday night. He was 50 years old.
While there has been no official cause of death released, his manager Larry Schapiro told Hollywood Reporter that Pinette died of a pulmonary embolism.
The Boston native was renowned for his self-deprecating style of standup and was in the middle of a U.S.-Canada tour when he passed away.
Social media outlets were abuzz with messages honoring the comedian after the news of Pinette’s death broke, many from fellow comics.
John Pinette and I worked on a film together. He was one of the most generous people I've ever worked with. A hilarious comedian. Sad loss.
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) April 7, 2014
So sad to hear about the passing of @JohnPinette. He was always so funny, so generous and so kind.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) April 6, 2014
John Pinette was a very funny guy and a powerful performer. I got a chance to see him kill it many times when I lived in Boston. RIP
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) April 7, 2014
Just was informed a great comedian and buddy John Pinette passed away Saturday. Horrible news. Never failed to make us cry laughing. On or
— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) April 6, 2014