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article imageMan, 46, dies after dancing Gangnam Style, doctors warn seniors

By JohnThomas Didymus     Dec 14, 2012 in Health
Darwen - Eamonn Kilbride, 46, collapsed and died from acute heart failure Saturday after he danced Psy's YouTube hit Gangnam Style. He died after he complained of chest pains following an energetic session of the horse-gallop dance at his office Christmas party.
Kilbride died in Whitehall Hotel in Darwen, Lancashire in the presence of his wife Julie, and office co-workers minutes after the dance. He complained about chest pains shortly before he collapsed and died. Julie attempted CPR before paramedics arrived, but the IT manager was pronounced dead at Royal Blackburn Hospital soon after 11:30 p.m.
Shocked colleagues from the Thwaites brewery in Blackburn watched as paramedics struggled to revive the Irish man.
Julie is devastated at the death of her husband. She described him as a "loving husband" of 23 years who always put his family first. She said: "I want people to know how he would help anybody whether it was a life-long friend, or someone he had just met. He was a great family man and he worked so hard. Eamonn was always the life of the party and loved dancing. 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. I tried to revive him until the ambulance got there, but by the time he got to the hospital he was gone."
The Telegraph reports she said: “He loved me dearly and would tell people all the time. I know he thought the world of us.”
Police quickly ruled out foul play after a short investigation.
According to The Telegraph, a spokesman for Blackburn Coroner's Office said Kilbride died from acute heart failure caused by coronary artery atheroma.
The Daily Mail reports Mr Kilbrided moved to Burnley from Ireland in 1985. He has three children: Laurajade, 22, Jack, 21, and Conor, 18, who are university students.
His wife said: "Eamonn was such an intelligent man, he inspired our children and made sure they had a good education."
His son Jack said: "He was a marvelous man and he was really funny. He always put effort into everything. He just oozed charisma."
Tributes also poured in on Facebook for Mr Kilbride, the Daily Mail reports:
Pauline Mulvy said: "My dear cousin Eamonn may you rest in peace. My heart aches for his wife Julie and his family, including his sisters and his mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers here in Dublin. What shocking news to hear."
The proprietor of the Whitehall Hotel where the Christmas party was held, said: "It is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with his family. It is horrendous and an awful time of year for it to happen."
According to Digital Journal, Gangnam Style parodies the fast-lane lifestyle of affluent Koreans of the Gangnam district with energetic horse-gallop movements. Prominent public figures including, Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, have gone Gangnam recently.
kilbride's death has prompted a medical expert to issue a warning to middle-aged men to avoid the exerting dance at parties, especially after a hearty party meal.
Prof Bernard Keavney, consultant cardiologist at Newcastle University, told The Telegraph that men should observe moderation and not "stray outside your comfort zone" when performing the dance at parties.
He said: "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 added: "The chance that you'll come to grief is very small. But as with any form of untypical exercise that you're not used to taking, be somewhat measured. Let the lady dance around you."
The Professor said that older men with undiagnosed coronary heart conditions were more at risk: “In the context of Christmas parties there are other aspects of advice that are important like not to overindulge in alcohol and make sure you remain hydrated. Don’t put yourself under more physiological stress than you need to be.”
The Sun reports Mr Kilbride’s funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 19, at St Mary’s RC Church in Yorkshire Street, Burnley.
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