British comedian Ian Cognito has devastatingly died while performing to his fans. He passed away while performing his stand-up show on Thursday in Bicester, England, Fox News reported.
The comedian, whose real name was Paul Barbieri, was only 60. He was performing at the Lonely Wolf Comedy Club at the time of his death.
According to the BBC, who was first to report the news, the comedian collapsed during his performance. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the owner of the club, Andrew Bird, Cognito wasn't feeling well before the show, but he decided to go on anyway.
"He was like his old self, his voice was loud. I was thinking 'he's having such a good gig," said Bird.
Cognito even reportedly joked about dying in front of an audience. Initially, when he collapsed, people thought it was part of his act.
"Everyone in the crowd, me included, thought he was joking," Bird said.
Finally, Bird went onstage to check on Cognito. It quickly became apparent that the comic wasn't faking it.
Two off-duty nurses and a police officer began CPR and an ambulance was called.
An audience member, John Ostojak, said it was only "10 minutes before he sat down he joked about having a stroke."
Fellow comedians have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Cognito.
Please join us in praying for his family as they mourn his sudden death.