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This happens not infrequently, but it's very sad when someone finds out they have an unknown health or heart condition in the worst possible way.

It's also sad to see things like this (below), but gosh, folks if you know you have a heart condition, don't ride Disney rides like Everest or Mission Space .... and don't watch Saints or LSU games. Image:Stupid People Tricks

This edited version is from MousePlanet
Heart condition blamed for man's death riding Expedition Everest

44-year-old Jeffery Chalmers Reeb of Navarre, FL, died on Tuesday after riding Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom. According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Reeb appeared to be conscious 50 seconds before the end of the ride as his photo was taken during the 80-foot, 50-mph drop. However, according to both the Sheriff's Office and Walt Disney World, he was unconscious and unresponsive when the steam donkey ride vehicle pulled into the unload area at around 11:30 a.m.

CPR was administered immediately and a call went out to Reedy Creek Emergency Services, who transported Reeb to Celebration Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Reeb reportedly had no pulse when the Reedy Creek paramedics arrived. The Orange Country Sheriff's Office responded at 12:50 p.m. and noted that they will continue to conduct a routine investigation to determine the cause of death. In a statement, Disney spokesman Jacob DiPietre said that "We offer the family our deepest sympathies and will provide assistance to them during this difficult time."

DiPietre told MousePlanet on Tuesday afternoon that "the ride is currently closed while we reconfirm proper operation of the ride." He further noted that "the State Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection was notified and will be advised of our findings." The attraction reopened later on Tuesday.

Reeb suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart), and did in fact have a history of cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). The Orange County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that Reeb died of natural causes.

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Craig Wiseman January 4th, 2008 08:26:49 AM

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