A professional party clown died in London yesterday while performing a duet with an experienced midget, police said today.
"Turbee" the Clown was performing the third act of Madam Suzette's "Reggie the Whimsical" when he suddenly collapsed from an acute case of appendicitis, during a portion of the act where his character also collapses of acute appendicitis.
"It was really upsetting to the children," said eyewitness Julia Cowen, whose daughter Jezzibel had looked forward to seeing the clown all week long. "Turbee was good with kids when he was alive."
A pathologist pronounced the performing clown dead when it was apparent that Turbee wasn't alive.
Friends say that Turbee and the experienced midget he performed with had a long and complicated relationship, and that it wasn't uncommon for them to disagree on performances. But others say the midget is to blame for the popular clown's passing.
"The midget, ironically enough, encouraged Turbee to get high (on drugs)," said Turbee's living friend Baxter the Clown. "I can't help but think that this brought about the bursting of Turbee's appendix."
Funeral arrangements have been made by the United States Central Intelligence Agency, which denies any role in the clown's passing.