Hedberg was known to be a drug user, mentioning it in some of his jokes (e.g., "I used to do drugs. In May 2003 he was arrested in Austin, Texas, for heroin possession.
It was initially speculated that this condition may have played a part in his death, but the New Jersey medical examiner's office reported "multiple drug toxicity" in the form of cocaine and heroin as the cause.
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, which he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in.In 2006 he took home honors as "Best Comedian" at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival.His first half-hour special aired on April 10, 2007 at 10PM on Comedy Central Presents which was ranked number 6 by viewers in the "Stand Up Showdown".Mitch Fatel performs regularly at the famed Comedy Cellar, and he has performed on the Late Night with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and worked as a correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno covering major sporting events and conventions.In 2004, he released his first CD entitled Miniskirts and Muffins which debuted number one on the i Tunes Comedy Charts.