John Pinette, who made a career of being a fat actor, has died in a Sheraton hotel in Pittsburgh. The comedian’s personal doctor signed off on the death as natural, with no foul play suspected, reported the New York Daily News on Sunday, April 6.
The actor had been suffering from liver and heart disease. He had been forced to cancel several performances last year for a stint in rehab due to a prescription drug addiction. He had also undergone several weight loss surgeries. “I didn’t give myself enough time to heal this past fall and it has caught up with me,” Pinette reported last year. “But I’m on the mend and I promise to hit the stage as soon as humanly possible.” That did not turn out as hoped.
Pinette, who died on Saturday, is most famous for his role as Howie in the “Seinfeld” finale, where he played the victim of a mugging and a carjacking. His plight landed Seinfeld and the crew in court for failing to help, under the city’s Good Samaritan law.
The comedian also played roles in several movies. He was known for his stand-up comedy. Most recently he had been doing improve in California clubs. John Pinette died at 50.