Comedian John Pinette, who hosted All You Can Eat and had a memorable guest-starring role as the victim of a carjacking on Seinfeld, died Saturday at a hotel in Pittsburgh, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He was 50.
Pinette's personal doctor reported that the cause of death was liver and heart disease. The actor had also checked into rehab last August for addiction to prescription painkillers.
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Born in Boston, Pinette initially pursued a career in accounting but later decided to do comedy full-time. He was mostly known for his stand-up routines, but also had small roles in films like Duets, Junior and The Punisher.
He guest-starred on the series finale of Seinfeld as the victim of a carjacking that's witnessed by Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer. Most recently, he hosted the show All You Can Eat on H2.
In 1999, Pinette was named Stand-Up Comedian of the Year at the American Comedy Awards.