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Comedian Ian Cognito Dropped Dead In The Middle Of His Act

Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist

British comedian Ian Cognito became ill on stage during a comedy performance Thursday evening in England.

The 60-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics arrived, according to CNN. Cognito was performing a stand-up comedy act at the Atic bar in the city of Bicester. Cognito was halfway through his set when he became ill venue owner Ryan Mold said.

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“He sat down, put his head and arms back; his shoulders were twitching,” Mold said.

The audience believed the illness was part of his act as the comedian had just mentioned a heart attack or stroke right before Mold said.

“We were called at 22:11 last night to Crown Walk in Bicester to a medical emergency. We sent a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew but sadly one patient passed away at the scene,” the ambulance service said in a statement to CNN. (RELATED: Tucker Interviews Male Comedian Behind Fake Feminist Titania McGrath)

Other comedians took to Twitter to pay tribute to the veteran comedian, who won the Time Out Award for Stand-Up Comedy in 1999. Fellow comedians Jimmy Carr and Jack Whitehall both shared messages on Twitter.

Veteran stand-up comedian Ian Cognito has died on-stage – literally. The audience thought it was part of the act. Died with his boots on. Thats commitment to comedy. Ill never forget his kindness when I started out & how god damn funny he was.

— Jimmy Carr (@jimmycarr) Read More – Source

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