10 comedians who died on stage doing what they loved

The recent death of British comic Ian Cognito made international headlines because of his comedic timing—he died onstage in the middle of his act. Officials say Cognito died as the result of a heart attack. Though there was shock over the circumstances, Cognito (born Paul Barbieri) wasn’t the first comedian to die in front of an audience, nor will he be the last. A couple of pop culture obsessives, Jeff

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Former SNL scribe’s suicide note: ‘I am no longer able to withstand any more of life’s pain’

Former Saturday Night Live writer and Kids in the Hall producer, Joe Bodolai, was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel on Monday. TMZ reported that the cleaning staff discovered his body along with a bottle of antifreeze and Gatorade, suggesting that the 63-year old, who worked with many big names in comedy, took his own life. The suspected suicide came days after a post (Dec. 22) on his Facebook

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Mike DeStefano to debut one-man show “Drugs, Disease and Death: A Comedy”

They say that a difficult, tumultuous life is prime fuel for comedy. If that’s the case, then Mike DeStefano has more than enough to last a lifetime. Drawing on a rough past that includes drug addiction, the loss of his wife, and an HIV diagnosis, DeStefano will move from his successful venture on NBC’s Last Comic Standing to a new one man show called Drugs, Disease and Death: A Comedy.

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