Indian-origin stand-up comedian Manjunath Naidu died due to cardiac arrest while performing on stage in Dubai on Friday.
Naidu, 36, complained of high level of anxiety, sat down on the bench next to him and collapsed onto the floor. Sadly, even as Naidu collapsed, the audience thought that it was part of his act.
Naidu’s friend and fellow comedian Miqdaad Dohadwala was quoted by Khaleej Times as saying, “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. People thought it was part of the act. They took it as a joke as he was talking about anxiety and then collapsed. Everyone rushed to the stage. He stopped breathing in our hands. “
Dohadwala also informed that the paramedics could not revive Naidu. He said, “We took him to the hospital but after trying for 20 minutes they said Manju was gone. The man killed his performance and his performance killed him.”
Speaking about stand-up comedian Manjunath Naidu’s family, Dohadwala added, “His parents passed away and he has a brother but no relatives here. All in the arts and comedy circle are his family.”