THE MOST SHOCKING, BIZARRE, AND HISTORIC DEATHS OF PERFORMERS ONSTAGE
IN MEMORIAM: THE ONES WHO DIED ONSTAGE IN 2019.
14 JANUARY 2019: PAWEL ADAMOWICZ, mayor of Gdansk, Poland, died the day after he was stabbed onstage by an attacker while speaking at the Great Orchestra of Christmas charity event. He was fifty-three.
6 APRIL 2019: YU ZHAO GU, first violinist for the Symphony of Southeast Texas, died of a heart attack onstage at the Julie Rogers Theatre in Beaumont. His violinist wife was at his side when he collapsed. He was sixty.
11 APRIL 2019: Standup comedian IAN COGNITO sat down and died onstage at the Atic Bar's Lone Wolf Comedy Club in Bicester, England, shortly after joking about having a stroke "and waking up speaking Welsh.” He was sixty.
27 APRIL 2019: Runway model TALES SOARES made a swift turn on the catwalk, appeared to trip over his shoelaces and fell flat on his face during a Fashion Week show in Sao Paolo, Brasil. He was pronounced dead at twenty-six.
5 MAY 2019: ELMER HOPPER, a former lead singer for The Platters (1974-1995), was pronounced dead hours after collapsing onstage at the Cicada Club in Los Angeles. He had just sung ’Twilight Time.’ Hopper was seventy-six.
16 JUNE 2019: Indian magician CHANCHAL LAHIRI, aka JADUGAR MANDRAKE (The Wizard Mandrake), was lost in an escape attempt after being lowered by crane into the Hooghly River, bound in rope and steel chains. He was forty.
7 AUGUST 2019: Daredevil BASE jumper RUBEN CARBONELL was recording for his YouTube channel at one a.m.when he threw himself off a 150-foot chimney inAlicante, Spain. His parachute did not open. He was twenty-nine.
3 SEPTEMBER 2019: Popular Indian singer and composer JERRY BAJJODI suffered a heart attack while performing at a Ganeshotsava celebration in Bejai. Video of his fall from the stage quickly went viral. He was fifty-one.
12 OCTOBER 2019: GERRY McGEE, former lead guitarist for The Ventures, died after falling into a coma following a heart attack onstage while on a solo tour of Japan. He was eighty-one.
11 MAY 2019: Actor & professional wrestler CESAR BARRON, aka SILVER KING, suffered a heart attack and died in the ring during The Greatest Show of Lucha Libre at the Camden Roundhouse in London. He was fifty-one.
13 JULY 2019: Popular DJ ALF NGUYEN suffered cardiac arrest while performing at the Tokyo Sing Song Club in Sydney, Australia. An autopsy revealed he was in advanced stages of ischemic heart disease. He was forty-two.
23 AUGUST 2019: MASON SWEARINGEN, singer and bassist of Chicago tribute band Beginnings, suffered a fatal heart attack onstage during a concert at Newbridge Road Park in Bellmore, L.I., N.Y. He was fifty-one.
4 SEPTEMBER 2019: “Groove is everything” were the last words of Grammy- and 4x Latin Grammy-winning guitarist DAN WARNER before a heart attack at the bar of Fat Cat’s in Fort Lauderdale, moments after playing a set. He was forty-nine.
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20 MAY 2019: New Jersey rocker BOB CAMPANELL (formerly of Jersey shore favorites, The Shakes) was stricken onstage at JD’s Pub in Galloway, New Jersey while playing a benefit show for his pal Ernie Trionfo. He was sixty-seven.
19 JULY 2019: Standup comedian MANJUNATH NAIDU had a heart attack onstage at the Signature Hotel in Al Barsha, Dubai. He’d been talking about his anxiety; the audience thought he was acting out a scene. He was thirty-six.
24 AUGUST 2019: TIM CURRIE, drummer and leader of Tim Currie’s Motown Review Band, had a heart attack while performing on the Green in Norwalk, Connecticut. He also led 60s tribute group, Tumblin’ Dice Band. He was sixty-six.
12 SEPTEMBER 2019: South African singing star THAMI SHOBEDE, a runner-up on the reality series Idols SA, died in a Pretoria hospital after collapsing onstage days earlier. He was thirty-one and had survived a road rage shooting in 2017.
26 MAY 2019: P. VISHNUPRASAD of Kerala, India, collapsed onstage on the eve of his daughter’s wedding, while performing 'Raakili Ponmagale' - sung by a father for his daughter in the hit Malayalam film ‘Amaram.’ He was fifty-five.
20 JULY 2019: Chinese video blogger SUN collapsed and died in his flat during a live-stream session in which he ate live poisonous geckos and centipedes. He used a spinning wheel to determine what he ate. He was thirty-five.
1 SEPTEMBER 2019: JOANA SAINZ GARCIA, singer and dancer with Orquesta Super Hollywood, was onstage in Las Berlanas, Spain when a pyrotechnic rocket hit her in the abdomen and exploded. She was thirty.
17 SEPTEMBER 2019: Actor KUNDAN LAL died shortly after his character Dasharatha’s death scene in a Ramleela play in Juhnjuhnu, India. His brother died in a similar fashion, in the same role, several years earlier. Lal was sixty-five.