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#1 Old 04-28-2010, 06:19 AM
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An experienced beekeeper died after his beloved insects stung him as he tended a hive on his allotment.

Father-of-two Christopher Weaver, 56, a legal adviser and Falklands war veteran, was feeding his bees when he collapsed suddenly in front of a friend.

Paramedics spent 30 minutes trying to revive Weaver, who was wearing no protective clothing, but he died in hospital, where doctors found a series of stings on his chest and abdomen.

His father Alec, 79, said today that his son was used to handling the bees. "He was just feeding them some sugar solution. He had all the protective clothing and he had clothing for his sons too. He wasn't wearing anything, which was careless really.

"The hive had just been transferred and I think the bees had been disturbed. So they were angry and probably sleepy too. In the past the stings had not affected him. I know he was stung on the stomach, I don't know how many stings he suffered.

"The postmortem said the venom got into the lower left ventricle of his heart. They said his heart was strong and he did not have a condition.
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#2 Old 04-28-2010, 06:27 AM
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He was just feeding them some sugar solution.

They wanted their honey back.

Very unfortunate for the man and his family. Hopefully they're holding up well and can get through this. That's scary stuff. It got to his heart? Eehh..

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In b4 he deserved it.

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Oh wow. I didn't know bee stingers could get close enough to your heart to do anything. Sad.
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