Divisive comedian Todd Lynn dies after suffering a heart attack

By | January 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm | 29 comments | feature slider, News | Tags: ,

After suffering two strokes and a heart attack this morning, veteran comedian Todd Lynn has passed away, his manager Roger Paul confirms to Laughspin. Lynn, always a divisive, outspoken and not always well-loved guy in the comedy community, had suffered from pancreatic cancer and was also diabetic. He had somewhat recently moved to Mississippi to be closer to his family.

“He had been reaching out to a lot of people and was changing for the better,” Paul tells Laughspin. “He always knew how some other people felt about him.” Although his health wasn’t entirely strong the last few years, Lynn had been amping up his comedic output, even developing a strong buzz within the industry at last summer’s Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. “He was great,” Paul continues. “He was a really smart and warm guy. But a lot of people didn’t get to know him.” Lynn even had a PhD in Literature.

Our thoughts go out to Lynn’s closest friends and his family. We’ll update this post as we get more information. For now, please check out Lynn in action, as he appeared on Comedy Central in 2005. Lynn was in his 40s.

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  • David Brisbane

    Josh is just upset because of his failed comedy career.

  • Bobby

    Don’t know how he was in his personal life. But people are outta minds if they get upset about what any comedian says in his or her act. If you don’t find it funny, turn on The View for some easy light hearted unoffensive unfunny humor. If he was a douche in the way he treated other comedians than I am wrong. He seemed all right on tough crowd with colin quinn. He laughed at himself. In any case RIP Todd

  • MT

    hope that fat bastard died a slow death…this is the only thing he will be remembered for:
    http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/the-devil-miss-jones/i'm gonna go shoot me some asians…good defense to why he got such a kick from playing a song mocking the death of 100,000+ lives A WEEK after they died…

    • Todd Lynn is dead lol

      Yeah, fuck that fat racist fuck. How dare he make light of a catastrophic event. Fuck Todd Lynn, Miss Jones, and DJ Envy.

  • Shawn Cornelius

    RIP my friend!!!

  • Shawn Cornelius

    RIP my friend!!!

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  • Rsmith8090

    The circle of life is complete and we are already missing you.

  • Rsmith8090

    The circle of life is complete and we are already missing you.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YPB6PTEJMDOQPPTG6PQWFYWFOU Dylan Matthews

    Why do you say he was divisive? Just stick to recaps of Community jerk

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YPB6PTEJMDOQPPTG6PQWFYWFOU Dylan Matthews

    Why do you say he was divisive? Just stick to recaps of Community jerk

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YPB6PTEJMDOQPPTG6PQWFYWFOU Dylan Matthews

    Why do you say he was divisive? Just stick to recaps of Community jerk

    • Dylan

      I say it because he was. Also, Community isn’t on the air right now. And I never wrote Community recaps. Grow up, troll.

      • http://twitter.com/joshhomer Josh Homer

        you didn’t use words like divisive when describing other comics who had the same disposition as Todd. I think that’s what Dylan Matthews meant, and I agree. 

        • Dylan

          i didn’t? are you talking just headlines?

          here’s the lead of to my most recent Patrice interview: “There are few comedians more divisive than Patrice O’Neal.”

           

          here’s the lead to a recent Dane Cook story: Divisive Dane Cook is starring in the drama Answers to
          Nothing, which hits theaters tomorrow.

           

          Here’s a line of a Roast story about Patrice: Earlier this year, the divisive comedian made some huge
          progress with Comedy Central (after a stalled 2010
          pilot), as the network debuted his first hour-long stand-up comedy special,
          Elephant
          in the Room and released its uncut DVD version as well.

           

          Here’s the lead of a Carlos Mencia story: We all know that Carlos Mencia is, to say the very least, a
          divisive player in the world of stand-up comedy.

          I love it that when I write a straight news story about a comedian passing away, readers feel the need to imply something sinister against the writer. i’ll never understand why people feel the need to hop on comments sections and act like assholes (i’m not talking about you, josh; you’ve made many opinionated comments on here and have always been respectful). if someone has a serious concern– by all means, bring it up– like a civil human being. and it doesn’t hurt to get your facts straight. the reference to me writing Community recaps was stellar.

          • http://twitter.com/joshhomer Josh Homer

            My bad. You’re right. Now get a thesaurus. 

          • http://twitter.com/joshhomer Josh Homer

            My bad. You’re right. Now get a thesaurus. 

          • Dylan

            EXACTLY! in fact, i was going to say in my comment. if there’s something you should be bashing about me, it’s that i say the same shit too often.

          • Dylan

            EXACTLY! in fact, i was going to say in my comment. if there’s something you should be bashing about me, it’s that i say the same shit too often.

          • Dylan

            EXACTLY! in fact, i was going to say in my comment. if there’s something you should be bashing about me, it’s that i say the same shit too often.

    • Dylan

      I say it because he was. Also, Community isn’t on the air right now. And I never wrote Community recaps. Grow up, troll.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YPB6PTEJMDOQPPTG6PQWFYWFOU Dylan Matthews

    Why do you say he was divisive? Just stick to recaps of Community jerk

  • Kimmwhite67

    RIPARADISE Todd Lynn!!! He was one funny dude!!!

  • Kimmwhite67

    RIPARADISE Todd Lynn!!! He was one funny dude!!!

  • Vjoy123

    You done good!

  • http://twitter.com/joshhomer Josh Homer

    Divisive? Come on. Did you use that type of language when you wrote about the passings of Patrice or Mikey D?

  • http://twitter.com/joshhomer Josh Homer

    Divisive? Come on. Did you use that type of language when you wrote about the passings of Patrice or Mikey D?

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