Indonesian singer, Irma Bule, died on Sunday after being bitten by a cobra whilst on stage.
But what is most remarkable is that the Dangdut folk singer continued singing for an entire 45 minutes before succumbing to the cobra's venom.
The 29-year-old artist, who like most Pop Asian stars is no stranger to crazy performance antics, was the victim of an onstage mishap. Bule, who has danced with snakes before, brought out a king cobra during her performance in Karawang, West Java last weekend.
But unfortunately this snake was not de-fanged before the performance.
“In the middle of the second song, Irma stepped on the snake’s tail. The snake then bit Irma in her thigh,” a person in the audience, Ferlando Octavion Auzura, said to the Indonesian press yesterday.
Once bitten, Bule refused to stop singing or seek medical attention. Many in the audience reportedly didn't find the singer affected by the snake's venom at first.
“The effects were felt 45 minutes after the bite. She vomited, had seizures, and her body seized,” Auzura said.
Bule even refused to take an antidote from the snake's handler.
Though rushed to a hospital shortly after her symptoms had exacerbated, Bule died soon after arrival.
Fans have shared their good thoughts with the young idol's untimely death, commending her for committing to the age old adage - "the show must go on".
Most of the tweets celebrating the singer are in Indonesian language.