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Dubai comedian Manjunath Naidu dies on stage during performance

The 36-year old comedian reportedly passed away from cardiac arrest

Dubai comedian Manjunath Naidu dies on stage during performance
Manjunath Naidu was well-known in Dubai’s comedy scene, having performed stand-up for the last five years. Image: Facebook

A Dubai-based stand-up comedian died on-stage while performing on Friday, according to media reports.

According to a report in Khaleej Times, the comedian, Manjunath Naidu, 36, died after going into cardiac arrests while performing at a hotel in Al Barsha.

An eyewitness quoted by Gulf News, Naidu began complaining of a growing feeling of anxiety approximately 15 minutes into his act.

“He suddenly started to pant and sat down on the bench to catch his breath,” PR manager Sana Topiwala said. “[A] few minutes in, he suddenly collapsed and fell to the ground in front of an audience of 80 people.

“We called the paramedics and followed him to Al Zahra Hospital Barsha,” Topiwala added. “They attempted CPR, injected him with adrenaline but it was too late. We were informed he died of a cardiac arrest.”

Naidu was well-known in Dubai’s comedy scene, having performed stand-up for the last five years.

As news of his death spread, tributes came pouring in from fellow comedians.

“My dearest brother we do adore and respect you. You know that,” Dubai-based comedian Ima Dumagay wrote on Facebook. “We look up to you. You inspire us. You make us laugh effortlessly. We have nothing but good things to say about you.”