On April 11th, British comedian Ian Cognito was in the middle of his stand-up set when he died suddenly. During his performance at The Atic Bar in Bicester, England, he went to take a seat and then “laid back for five minutes.”
The audience thought this was part of his act and as he died, they laughed. Staff eventually realized something was wrong and called an ambulance, while other employees attempted CPR. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
And Andrew Bird, the host for the evening, said the comedian hadn’t been feeling well before going on stage, though he seemed better as he started his act. “He was like his old self, his voice was loud. I was thinking, ‘He’s having such a good gig,’” Bird said.