Gangnam Style Death: Eamonn Kilbride Heart Attack Caused By Psy’s Hit Dance
Gangnam style seems to be everywhere. TV shows, YouTube parodies and now it's the unlikeliest place of all: cause of death on an autopsy form.
Eamonn Kilbride, a 46-year-old IT manager, is the world's first Gangnam style death. He was celebrating at an office holiday party and began performing Psy's hit dance in front of his friends and co-workers. He collapsed moments after leaving the stage. Paramedics tried to revive him on the scene but were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at Royal Blackburn Hospital. Cause of death was acute heart failure. The Gangnam style death resulted from the vigorous dance moves that put a strain on Killbride's heart.
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Cardiologist Bernard Keavney told The Telegraph that middle-aged men need to be "somewhat measured" about over exerting themselves this holiday season.
"I certainly wouldn't say that people need to avoid 'Gangnam Style' over the holidays. [But] if you're unused to taking vigorous physical exercise, you shouldn't throw yourself into violent exertion without due preparation," he said.
Kilbride's Gangnam style death has come as a huge shock to his friends and family, who have been leaving tributes to him on his company's Facebook page. The Thwaites Brewery Company posted the following statement:
"It was with great sadness that this week we lost our long time IT services manager, Eamonn Kilbride. This has been a very difficult time for his family, friends and colleagues. Whilst we've been supporting his family, we've been keen to ensure that they have the space to grieve privately.
Eamonn was very well known and liked, an important part of Thwaites who always went the extra mile in a positive and cheery manner with complete professionalism. He had many friends across the whole business and we will miss him.
Our thoughts are with his wife Julie, their daughter and two sons."
The Gangnam style death has called attention to the problem of cardiovascular disease, a condition that is the leading cause of death in the U.S. It affects more than 27 million adults who, like Kilbride, should be careful when engaging in vigorous exercise.
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