Unless you've been completely unplugged for the last couple of months, you've surely heard the catchy hit song "Gangnam Style" and seen singer Psy doing his signature horse-riding style dance moves. It definitely makes you want to get up and move, but for one man, moving to that groove was fatal.
According to The Telegraph, it happened at an office party in the UK this past weekend. There 46-year-old IT manager Eamonn Kilbride was enjoying himself and perhaps trying to impress his wife Julie of 23 years with his moves. Then just seconds after dancing to "Gangnam Style" he dropped to the floor. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital. A coroner's report listed the cause of death as acute heart failure.
His wife explained to the paper:
We were having a fantastic time at the Christmas party and Eamonn had just finished dancing to Gangnam Style. He was up on stage and entertaining everybody. He said he had a bit of a pain and just collapsed.
Now his three children are left without a father, and his wife is left without her loving husband whom she called in a tribute, "the life of the party."
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Obviously it's not the song's fault. It is catchy, but any energetic song that moved him likely would have ended the same way. It's just coincidental that this song was involved, and of course it grabs headlines since it was. If, at just 46 years of age, a dance could kill this man, it's likely that plenty of other things could have done so too.
The death has spurred warnings from doctors telling middle aged men to use caution at office Christmas parties, and I suppose that's prudent. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you may want to start with a less ambitious song and approach any physical exertion somewhat moderately. But mostly, I think it was just a fluke that could have happened to this man next week while he was mowing the lawn.
In any case, a death at such a young age is heartbreaking, and I'm sure his family is reeling. I hope they can at least find some comfort in knowing that his last moments were spent having fun and celebrating. There are certainly worse ways to go if you must go.
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