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Tue Dec 23 00:00:16 SAST 2014

Man dies after Gangnam Style dance at party

The Daily Telegraph | 13 December, 2012 00:09
Korean rapper Psy on NBC's 'Today' show in New York in September. His hit video 'Gangnam Style' is viewed almost 200 times a second on YouTube

MIDDLE-AGED men have been warned to curb vigorous dance moves at Christmas parties and "let the lady dance around you" after a father of three died in front of his wife when he finished performing the Gangnam Style dance.

Eamonn Kilbride, 46, collapsed with chest pains in front of colleagues at a Christmas party in Blackburn, Lancashire, last weekend. The dance hit by the South Korean musician, Psy, has been viewed at least 930million times online. Gangnam Style is accompanied by vigorous dance moves, such as mimicking riding a horse.

Professor Bernard Keavney, consultant cardiologist at Newcastle University, 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."

Kilbride's wife said her "loving husband" of 23 years was a keen golfer.

"He was a great family man and he worked so hard. Eamonn was always the life of the party and loved dancing," she said.

"He was up on stage and entertaining everybody. He said he had a bit of a pain and just collapsed.

"He loved me dearly and would tell people all the time. I know he thought the world of us."

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