Comedian John Pinette Dies

He played mugging victim in Seinfeld finale

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 7, 2014 1:04 AM CDT

(Newser) – Veteran comedian John Pinette has been found dead in a Pittsburgh hotel room. He was 50 years old. The comic, best known for his appearance as an overweight mugging victim in the final episode of Seinfeld, died of a pulmonary embolism, his manager tells the Hollywood Reporter. Pinette, a regular on the comedy touring circuit and at festivals like Montreal's Just for Laughs, often joked about his own weight in stand-up performances with titles like "Show Me the Buffett," and "Still Hungry," USA Today reports. He was working on another project when he died, and "should be celebrated for the amazing comedian he was," his agent says.

Comedian John Pinette entertains the guests at the NASCAR Busch Series auto racing awards banquet in Orlando, Fla.
Comedian John Pinette entertains the guests at the NASCAR Busch Series auto racing awards banquet in Orlando, Fla.   (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)
Comedian John Pinette appears at The Orleans in Las Vegas.
Comedian John Pinette appears at The Orleans in Las Vegas.   (Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Darrin Bush)
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John Pinette's appearance in the final episode of Seinfeld.   (YouTube)

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