British comedian Ian Cognito, 60, died on stage during his show at the Atic Bar in Bicester, an English town north of Oxford.
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Known to be alive, the veteran of the comedy Cognito, whose real name is Paul Barbieri, performed on stage when he felt sick halfway through. He sat down on a stool and began to breathe heavily and remained silent. The audience thought it was part of his set because it did not seem unusual. However, they realized that something was wrong when his comedic comrades rushed to the stage to help him. A member of the audience said that Cognito was joking about a stroke just before sitting down.
Andrew Bird, host of the evening show, told the BBC that Cognito felt bad before going on stage, but that he seemed better at the beginning of the performance.
Atic Bar owner, Ryan Mold, said Cognito wanted to go on stage, adding "except that he would like more money and a bigger room".
Since his death, his comedy comedians such as Jimmy Carr from the British comedy show Eight cats out of ten pays homage on Twitter. "I'll never forget his kindness when I started and how damn funny he was," Carr said.