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Ian Cognito dead - stand-up comedian dies after 'heart attack on stage'

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Stand up comic Ian Cognito has died after 'having a heart attack' on stage, according to reports.

Paramedics were called to the Lone Wolf Comedy Club in Bicester at 10.20pm on Thursday night but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Reports say he had been taking medication for a heart condition.

a man smiling for the camera: Ian Cognito © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Ian Cognito

Comics rushed to pay tribute to the "lovable lunatic", who was affectionately known as Cogs. Hailing from Walthamstow, the comic's age is unknown.

Close friend Mitch Benn said Cogs had been 18 months sober before his death and was in treatment.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote: "Just heard about Ian Cognito. Known him 25 years. Saw him a month ago; looked better than I’d seen him in years.

"He was 18 months sober and in treatment. This feels so unfair. He’d never forgive me if I didn’t swear at this so WHAT YOU F**KING DO THAT FOR, COGS YOU C**T RIP."

  

I'm A Celebrity star and comic Shappi Khorsandi said: "Such a sad shock. Ian Cognito has died.

"One of the people who made this job brilliant from the very beginning has gone. I got so excited to be on bills with him and watch him work and have a beer after. And those eyes! Those beautiful eyes. Much love to all friends and family xx."

a man holding a guitar: Comics rushed to pay tribute to the stand up © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Comics rushed to pay tribute to the stand up

Actress and comic Katy Brand paid tribute: "Sad to hear about Ian Cognito. I hung with him a good few times in the past, and he was always fascinating and hilarious company. RIP Cogs."

Comic Rufus Hound added: "Ian Cognito has died.

"That might not mean much to you if your knowledge of stand-up only extends to a screen but for anyone who ever sat down in a comedy club and saw him on a stage - this is a hard one.

"Puck grew up and now Puck is dead. We have lost one of the greats. S***"

a close up of an old building: Paramedics were called to the Lone Wolf Comedy Club last night © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Paramedics were called to the Lone Wolf Comedy Club last night

Red Imp Comedy Club paid tribute: "RIP Ian Cognito, Walthamstow born and bred, did Red Imp the first year we opened.

"He was one of the true mavericks on the circuit and was Walthamstow born and bread. More sad times for our oddball comedy community."

 

Ian, who prided himself on his unconventional comedy, won the Time Out Award for Stand-up Comedy in 1999.

 

Mark Oliver wrote: "A sad day for comics today. The great Ian Cognito passed away last night.

"One the most charismatic performers and men (most of the time) I ever met."

    a person wearing a costume: He was well known on the comedy circuit © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited He was well known on the comedy circuit

Another fan added: "Really saddened to hear of Ian Cognito's passing. Was a brilliant comic and one of the funniest guys you could meet.

"Remember telling us of a time a restaurant made him ill - so to get his revenge he shoved his sh***y undies through their letterbox. A gentle lunatic."

Speaking in an interview back in 2012, the comic explained his humour: "Ultimately they should wanna be funny, then they'll be liked. Simples.

"Nasty can be funny, so long as you don't take it seriously. Best thing about getting old, a f**k you can not give.

"Anyway, no matter how nice you are, someone, somewhere thinks you're a c***. Sorry to tell you that.

"Course in Jimmy Carr's case someone somewhere thinks he's alright.

"I didn't do much comedy before I did comedy. Mainly tears in our house.

a man wearing a uniform: https://www.facebook.com/TheIanCognito/photos/a.528269023885204/535246199854153/?type=3&theater © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited https://www.facebook.com/TheIanCognito/photos/a.528269023885204/535246199854153/?type=3&theater  

"For what it's worth I see quite a few established comedians nicking my moves. They know who I am.

Speaking about coping with hecklers, he said: "I don't think I've ever had no reaction at all, I usually manage something. Emptying a massive festival tent can be a tricky one to talk your way out of, particularly when it's pissing down and Phil Collins is on the main stage."

A police spokesman said: "Officers attended a sudden death incident in Pioneer Square in Bicester at around 10.20pm yesterday.

"The ambulance service attended the scene and sadly the man was pronounced dead.

"A file has been prepared for the coroner, there is no further investigation required by Thames Valley Police."

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