Published On: Tue, Apr 8th, 2014

Standup comic, ‘Seinfeld’ ‘The Punisher’ actor John Pinette dead at 50

John Pinette, age 50, a standup comedian and actor, died of natural causes on Saturday afternoon at the Sheraton hotel in Pittsburgh, reports say.

The comedian’s personal doctor signed off on the cause of death with the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, reported the Pittsburgh newspaper The Post-Gazette.

Pinette was suffering from liver and heart disease and regularly included his obesity in his set.

His career began in the early ‘90s with roles in movies such as Junior and later, Dear God, Duets and The Punisher. Pinette toured comedy clubs, recording CDs and making comedy specials for over two decades.

He also guest-starred in the series finale of the sitcom Seinfeld as Howie, the helpless victim of a mugging and carjacking. The incident lands Jerry Seinfeld and the gang in jail for violating the city’s Good Samaritan Law.

Pinette, who once weighed 450 pounds, slimmed to 250 pounds in the past two years. His dramatic weight loss was the subject of a new comedy set he was developing that he titled “They Call Me Slim.”

Authorities do not suspect foul play and an autopsy will not be performed

John Pinette the mugging victim Seinfend finale Good Samaritan Law

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