Stand-up comedian Ian Cognito has passed away after reportedly suffering a heart attack on stage.
The comic died on stage while performing at the Lone Wolf Comedy Club in The Atic bar in Bicester on Thursday night.
Concise News learnt that Cognito sat on a chair and ‘laid back for five minutes’, with audience members unaware that he had fallen ill, assuming it was part of the act.
According to BBC reports an ambulance rushed to the venue, where he was pronounced dead at the scene. The audience was asked to leave as the staff performed chest compressions on Cognito.
“We were in the residence of the family Friday morning to condole them and pray for the repose of the soul of the departed soul.”
We came out feeling really sick, we just sat there for five minutes watching him, laughing at him.’
He added that 10 minutes before he sat down, Cognito had joked about having a stroke. Fellow comedians and fans have taken to social media to pay tribute to Cognito, who won the Time Out Award for stand-up comedy in 1999.
Rufus Hound tweeted: ‘Ian Cognito has died. That might not mean much to you if your knowledge of stand-up only extends to a screen but for anyone who ever sat down in a comedy club and saw him on a stage – this is a hard one. ‘Puck grew up and now Puck is dead. We have lost one of the greats. S***.’
Check out tweets below;
Terrible news about Ian Cognito, a true force of nature on the UK comedy circuit. He scared the hell out of me and I liked that. He would walk on stage, hammer a nail into the wall, then take his coat off and hang it up. He made the room his. Bye bye, Ian xx
— Michael Legge (@michaellegge) April 12, 2019
Such a sad shock. Ian Cognito has died. One of the people who made this job brilliant from the very beginning has gone. I got so excited to be on bills with him and watch him work and have a beer after. And those eyes! Those beautiful eyes. Much love to all friends and family xx
— Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) April 12, 2019
Ian Cognito has died.
That might not mean much to you if your knowledge of stand-up only extends to a screen but for anyone who ever sat down in a comedy club and saw him on a stage – this is a hard one.
Puck grew up and now Puck is dead.
We have lost one of the greats. Shit.
— Rufus Hound 🌨 (@RufusHound) April 12, 2019