THE MOST SHOCKING, BIZARRE, AND HISTORIC DEATHS OF PERFORMERS ONSTAGE
THEY, TOO, DIED ONSTAGE.
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 (“Wizard Mandrake”), was lost in an escape attempt, after being lowered by crane into the Hooghly River in Kolkata, West Bengal, bound in rope and steel chains. He was forty.
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 theatre in London. He was fifty-one.
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 when he collapsed. The audience thought he was acting out a scene. He was thirty-six.
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.
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.
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