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Gangnam Style dance kills dad

2012-12-13 23:52:33

Eamonn Kilbride

A dad of three collapsed and died at his work Christmas party after dancing to chart smash Gangnam Style.

Eamonn Kilbride, 46, joined pals on stage to perform the fast-paced routine, made famous by Korean singer Psy.

But he complained of feeling unwell and collapsed moments later in Darwen, Lancs.

His shattered widow told last night how he kissed her, said she was beautiful - then walked away and died.

IT worker Eamonn climbed on stage to perform the horse-riding dance routine at his work's Christmas bash.

But he complained of feeling unwell soon afterwards and suddenly collapsed. It is believed he suffered a heart attack.

Wife Julie, who had been celebrating her 49th birthday, frantically began CPR until paramedics arrived - but Eamonn died later in hospital.

Eamonn Kilbride

Tearful Julie said: "It was the first time he had gone to the work's party and he was really looking forward to it.

"It was my birthday too that day and we were having a really good night.

"Eamonn had not complained of being ill and it was so sudden.

"He had just finished dancing to Gangnam Style with his pals on stage when he came back over to me. He kissed me and told me I was beautiful.

"He then said he was going to the toilet because he had a bit of chest pain. On the way there Eamonn saw his boss and was still laughing and joking with her.

"He then walked round the corner and collapsed."

Julie - who was married to Eamonn for 23 years - added: "He was always the life of the party and loved dancing." Irishman Eamonn worked for Thwaites Brewery in Blackburn, Lancs, for 16 years and was at Whitehall Country Club in Darwen when he fell ill on Saturday.

Daughter Laurajade, 22, arrived to collect her parents shortly after midnight. She said: "I pulled up in the car park, saw an ambulance and wondered what had gone on. You don't expect it to be for someone you know. I saw mum with a man who I thought was dad and called out to her.

"She saw me and then started screaming that the ambulance was for dad.

"Even in his hospital bed unconscious my dad was still smiling. That was my dad - he always had a smile on his face. He was a very good father to us. He was well-loved by everyone."

Avid Liverpool FC fan Eamonn moved to Burnley from Ireland in 1985. A keen golfer, he was also dad to sons Jack, 21, and 18-year-old Conor. Jack said: "He was a marvellous man and really funny. He always put effort into everything. He just oozed charisma."

Eamonn Kilbride

A post mortem was carried out on Eamonn, but found no suspicious circumstances.

Tributes poured in on Facebook for the popular dad.

Cousin Pauline Mulvy said: "My dear cousin Eamonn may you rest in peace. My heart aches for his wife Julie and family, including his sisters and mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers here in Dublin."

Cal Crymble posted: "One of the kindest people you could ever wish to meet, never failed to put a smile on the face of anyone who met him."

Neil Bullows, owner of the Darwen party venue, 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."

Earlier this month, Gangnam Style, recorded by Korean star Psy, became the most-watched music video on YouTube with more than 931million hits.

It also won Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards.


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