Christmas party warning after Gagnam Style dance death

'Let the lady dance around you' says cardiologist after father-of-three collapse and dies

LAST UPDATED AT 16:37 ON Wed 12 Dec 2012

MIDDLE-AGED men have been warned not to get carried away at Christmas parties after a 46-year-old IT manager collapsed and died after performing an energetic version of the Gangnam Style dance at the weekend.

Father-of-three Eamonn Kilbride was taken ill at the Thwaites brewery Christmas party, in Blackburn, Lancashire, on Saturday after performing the infamous horse-riding dance moves on stage. He was with his wife, Julie, who was celebrating her birthday, and other colleagues when he began suffering from chest pains.

His wife and paramedics battled to save him, but Kilbride was pronounced dead as he arrived at Royal Blackburn Hospital. A coroner told the family that he had suffered from acute heart failure.

The tragedy has prompted a warning to others. Cardiologist Bernard Keavney told The Daily Telegraph that men should take care at Christmas celebrations and "let the lady dance around you".

"The chance that you'll come to grief is very small," he said. "But as with any form of untypical exercise that you're not used to taking, be somewhat measured."

However, he said that the Gangnam Style dance was not to blame.   "I certainly wouldn't say that people need to avoid Gangnam Style over the holidays," he told the paper. "[But] if you're unused to taking vigorous physical exercise, you shouldn't throw yourself into violent exertion without due preparation."   Julie Kilbride told The Sun her husband "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," she explained. "He was up on stage and entertaining everybody. He said he had a bit of a pain and just collapsed."

Gangnam Style, by Korean rapper Psy, has become an internet sensation this year and has had almost 1 billion hits on YouTube. Psy claims to have suffered blood clots in his legs on account of the dance moves.   · 

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