A father of three collapsed and died from a heart attack after dancing to Psy’s “Gangam Style” at his office Christmas party in Blackburn, northern England.
On Saturday night Eamonn Kilbride, a 46-year-old IT manager at Thwaites brewery, had been enjoying the party at the Whitehall Country Club in Darwen, Lancashire with his wife, Julie — who was also there celebrating her birthday. Julie Kilbride told the Sun that her husband had been up on stage dancing and “entertaining everybody.” Shortly after, he collapsed.
After failed attempts at resuscitation, Kilbride was rushed to Royal Blackburn Hospital, where paramedics pronounced him dead shortly after 11:30pm. A coroner’s report indicated that he died from acute heart failure, a condition which can be exacerbated by vigorous exercise.
The news has prompting health professionals to warn individuals not to “stray outside [their] comfort zone” during the festive season. Professor Bernard Keavney, a cardiologist at Newcastle University, told the Telegraph that men should “be somewhat measured” about the exercise they do. He added:
“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.”
Eamonn Kilbride is survived by his wife and three children: Laurajade, 22, Jack, 21 and Conor, 18. His wife told the press after the tragedy that her husband was “always the life of the party and loved dancing.”