The late, great Tommy Cooper was a much loved comedian – a big man with an even bigger personality.
Like all good showmen he lived by the motto ‘the show must go on’ and this certainly was the case on April 14 1984 when the great man appeared at the London Palladium despite the fact that he must not have been feeling the best on that night.
During the live broadcast of the show Tommy suffered a fatal heart attack and died on stage – with the audience laughing along assuming it was part of his act, he was known for improvising…
The sad event was being televised live on ITV at the time and since then, out of respect for the much loved man and his family, the footage was never reshown. Now that sad footage has found it’s way onto YouTube and over 50,000 people have viewed it. What do you think – would YOU be bothered…?
In my last post I spoke about personal responsibility in online publishing; when you have something that other people will want to know about what do you do…?
In this case there are no implications for the owners of the footage to consider, no legal consequences (as far as we know) to worry about – but there it comes down to the ‘publish and be damned’ issue. Those who watch it would be doing so mostly out of curiousity – it is being published so why not?…
Tommy died the way he probably thought he always would – on stage with laughter ringing in his ears – probably the first comedian to actually die ‘with laughter’. Just like that!Copyright © 2007-2014 Cultured Views. All rights reserved.