British entertainer and comedian Tommy Cooper suffered a massive heart attack on stage and died in front of a TV audience of millions while performing the hit variety show Live From Her Majesty’s. As he collapsed helpless to the floor, the audience in the packed theater kept laughing, having thought it was an act. Thus, the 63-year-old Welsh legend died as he had lived – making people laugh. April 15, 2014 marked 30 years since the entertainer’s death.
Tommy Cooper was one of Britain’s most popular and loved entertainers at the time. His act was broadcast live from Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End. He had a drinking problem which likely contributed to his death. At first, he used alcohol to get over the anxiety to perform before live audience, but later it became an addiction.
I wonder what people who exploded laughing felt after realizing that they laughed at someone’s death.