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A UK man died last weekend during a Christmas office party after he tried to imitate the dance moves of Korean pop star PSY during the song “Gangnam Style.”
Eamonn Kilbride, 46, had complained about chest pains after performing the dance moves at the Thwaites brewery’s party Saturday night at a hotel in Darwen, Lancashire, reports The Daily Mail. His wife, Julie, was also at the party to celebrate her birthday.
Kilbride, an IT manager for the company, collapsed and Julie tried to use CPR to save his life as his shocked colleagues looked on. Paramedics were at the scene just five minutes later, but they were not able to save him. He was pronounced dead at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.
The family told The Sun that the coroner said that Kilbride died of acute heart failure.
Julie, who was married to Kilbride for 23 years called him a “loving husband.” The couple had three children together.
“I want people to know how he would help anybody whether it was a life-long friend, or someone he had just met,” she told the Sun. “He was a great family man and he worked so hard.”
She added that he was always the life of a party and loved to dance.
“He was a marvelous man and he was really funny,” his son, Jack, told the Sun. “He always put effort into everything. He just oozed charisma.”
The owner of the hotel, Neil Bullows, called it a “terrible tragedy” and offered his condolences. “It is horrendous and an awful time of year for it to happen,” he said.