Mike Destefano was a comedian that I first heard about on last season's Last Comic Standing. He died March 6th from a heart attack. He was only 44.
I stumbled upon that piece of information on Wikipedia, where I read about it in the "Recent Deaths" section (an often read section for me). I thought it was sad and he haunted my brain for a few days after that.
Then I listened to the KATG episode Six Years Down with Myq Kaplan, who is another comedian that was also on Last Comic Standing (who I was excited to see on the show because I have "known" him for so long, listening to KATG). Myq had been touring with Destefano and he spoke about the shock of hearing about his death, about what a great man this guy was. He mentioned Marc Maron's podcast WTF, where he interviews Destefano and what an amazing interview that was.
So I found Marc Maron's iPhone app and downloaded that particular episode and man, Myq was right - an amazing interview with a man who has had an amazing life. Destefano came from a wiseguy neighborhood (as in Mafia), became a heroin addict, sobered up, relapsed, sobered up again, got AIDS, married, took care of his wife when AIDS took a toll on her (they met in a rehab center), lost his wife and then went on to live until the age of 44. It touched me deeply to hear this tough guy talk about his life, his wife, and his struggles...and he was on the road to success, as much as a comedian can become successful without being a Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, etc...and then, it's all gone.
I highly recommend listening to the episode, which is #130 from WTF with Marc Maron. It's just a very interesting and touching human story.