In a tragic incident, a 36-year-old Indian stand-up comedian died on stage while performing his set in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Manjunath Naidu, who hailed from Chennai, was performing his routine when he reportedly started complaining about anxiety and collapsed on stage. Initially, the audience thought it was all part of the act.
We noticed a dip in his energy, says fellow comedian
Meanwhile, fellow comedian Salman Z Qureshi, who considered Naidu a brother, told Gulf News, "I had already performed my set and was watching Manju, who was probably 15 minutes into his act before we noticed a dip in his energy."
When Naidu collapsed, Qureshi said he, too, initially thought it was part of the act. "I still can't believe it's happened," he added.
'May his memory always spark a smile for everyone'
"He was too young to go," Rashmi Kotriwala, The Junction community theater founder, wrote on Facebook. "May his family gather strength in the memories he left behind. May his memory always spark a smile for everyone who knew him."
Dubai-based comedian Imah Dumagay stated, "You make us laugh effortlessly. We have nothing but good things to say about you. You did live right, brother!"