A poorly dancer who collapsed and DIED on stage was applauded by the audience – as they thought it was all part of the show.
The 48-year-old man was performing a traditional lezginka dance when he fell ill.
The performance, which was recorded by a member of the audience on a smartphone , shows him collapsing to the floor while performing in the town of Urus-Martan in south-western Russia’s Chechen Republic.
The man, named as R Khusainov, was performing energetically at a Mother’s Day concert while singer Liza Akhmatova performed a Chechen song.
But he suddenly appears to lose his footing and fall – and Ms Akhmatova carries on singing and dancing around him, unaware what has actually happened.
The audience can be heard laughing and whooping in the background as she can be heard saying jokily: “Hey, he stopped it”, before urging the audience to give Mr Khusainov a round of applause.
But it quickly became clear that something was very wrong and other members of the cast came onto the stage to check on the dancer.
Paramedics were called and arrived quickly at the venue but Mr Khusainov, who worked as a children’s dance teacher, was already dead.
They said that the dancer, who had a history of heart disease , had died from a cardiac arrest.
The Lezginka, is a traditional dance of the Lezgins, an ethnic group in the Caucasus region, and is performed by many other groups including Chechens and Cossacks.