A 27-year-old man died suddenly Thursday night during a martial arts practice in Ottawa's Lowertown neighbourhood.

The man was apparently practicing an Afro-Brazilian martial art called Capoeira when he became weak.

Emergency workers were called to a Guigues Avenue community centre to treat an unconscious male at about 7:15 p.m. When they arrived, the man did not have vital signs. He was pronounced dead in hospital a short time later.

The man's name has not been released.