An Indian-origin stand-up comedian Manjunath Naidu, 36, died on stage due to high level of anxiety while performing his act in front of a packed audience. He suffered a cardiac arrest while performing his routine on stage.
He complained of anxiety, sat down on the bench next to him and collapsed onto the floor, with the audience thinking that it must be a part of the show. People thought it was part of the act. They took it as a joke as he was talking about anxiety and then collapsed, he said. Dohadwala said that the paramedics could not revive him.
Naidu was born in Abu Dhabi but later shifted base to Dubai. His parents belonged to Chennai.
According to Mr. Miqdaad Dohadwala, friend and fellow comedian of Naidu, "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". "His parents passed away and he has a brother but no relatives here. All in the arts and comedy circle are his family," he added.
His brother, who resides in Hong Kong was unable to attend the funeral due to a visa glitch. Friends and colleagues of Indian comedian Manjunath Naidu came together to perform his last rites. His sister-in-law, who flew down from Hong Kong, was the only one from his family to attend the funeral.