MIDDLE-AGED men have been warned to curb vigorous dance moves at 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.
He had just performed the dance hit by Psy, the South Korean musician, which has been viewed online at least 930 million times.
Gangnam Style parodies the lives of affluent residents of South Korea and is accompanied by vigorous dance moves, mimicking riding a horse.
It has been performed by an array of public figures, including Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, and Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist.
Prof Bernard Keavney, consultant cardiologist at Newcastle University in Britain, said men should be “measured” at all parties and warned them not to “stray outside your comfort zone”.
He said: “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.
“I certainly wouldn’t say that people need to avoid Gangnam Style dancing. But if you’re unused to taking vigorous physical exercise, you shouldn’t throw yourself into violent exertion without due preparation.”
Kilbride was attending an office party for the Thwaites Brewery in the northern English city of Blackburn.
The IT manager was with his wife, Julie, also celebrating her birthday, when he began to experience chest pains at the country club function.
His wife tried to revive him and was assisted by paramedics, who quickly arrived at the club.
But he was pronounced dead when he arrived at Royal Blackburn Hospital shortly after 11.30pm. The family said they had been told by the coroner he had suffered from acute heart failure.
His widow praised her “loving husband” of 23 years, who was a keen golfer, for putting his family first.
“He was a great family man and he worked so hard.
“Eamonn was always the life of the party and loved dancing,” she said.
“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.
“He loved me dearly and would tell people all the time. I know he thought the world of us.”
He had three children, Laurajade, 22, Jack, 21, and Conor, 18, who are all at university.
A police spokesman confirmed the death was not being treated as suspicious.
A spokesman for the coroner’s office said Kilbride died from acute heart failure caused by coronary artery atheroma, which can be exacerbated by vigorous exercise.
Keavney said that older men were more likely to die from a sudden heart attack caused by undiagnosed coronary heart disease.
“In the context of all types of parties, there are other aspects of advice that are important, like not to overindulge in alcohol and make sure you remain hydrated,” he said.
“Don’t put yourself under more physiological stress than you need to be.”
Last year, London mayor Boris Johnson amused delegates at the British Conservative Party conference by telling them he and UK Prime Minister David Cameron had “danced Gangnam Style the other day”.
The artist Anish Kapoor, whose Orbit sculpture is one of the key features of London’s Olympic Park, recorded a version. – The Daily Telegraph