An Indian-origin stand-up comedian died on stage while performing in front of a packed audience in Dubai, according to Khaleej Times.
Manjunath Naidu, 36, reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest while performing his set on stage on Friday. He complained of anxiety and sat down on a bench next to him before collapsing onto the floor, the Dubai-based daily reported. And the audience thought it was all part of the act,
Naidu was born in Abu Dhabi but later shifted base to Dubai.
“He was the last act in the line-up. He went on stage and was making people laugh with his stories. He was talking about his father and family. And then he got into a story of how he suffers from anxiety. And a minute into the story he collapsed,” Miqdaad Dohadwala, his friend and fellow comedian, was quoted as saying in the report.
People thought it was part of the act. They took it as a joke as he was talking about anxiety and then collapsed, he said.
Dohadwala said that the paramedics could not revive him.
“His parents passed away and he has a brother but no relatives here. All in the arts and comedy circle are his family,” he added.
with PTI inputs