(CNN)Veteran British comedian Ian Cognito died on stage Thursday evening during a stand-up performance.
Comedian Ian Cognito dies on stage during his stand-up show
The comic, who was in his early 60s, fell ill during the performance at the Atic bar in the English town of Bicester, 14 miles north of Oxford.
Paramedics were called to the venue just after 10 p.m. but Cognito was pronounced dead at the scene, the venue's owner, Ryan Mold, confirmed to CNN.
Mold, who was at the venue during the performance, told CNN that Cognito was on stage and "around halfway through his set" when he fell ill. "He sat down, put his head and arms back; his shoulders were twitching," he said.