Boy dies on Rock N' Roller Coaster at Disney-MGM
Written by Pam Shue
News just broke that a 12-year-old boy died on the Rock N' Roller Coaster at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park in Walt Disney World. The boy was declared dead while en route to Celebration Hospital after the 11:30 am (ET) incident. Park officials said the ride was operating normally, but the boy was not responsive when his train returned to the station.Tweet
Update: Authorities have identified the boy as Michael Russell, 12, of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Information released at a press conference said that the boy appeared in good health and had not complained about being sick before the ride.
Update 2: The boy had a congenital heart defect, discovered during an autopsy on Friday. Additional tests will be performed to confirm the exact cause of death. The boy's father, Byron Russell, an Iraq War veteran who was part of the 5th Special Forces Group from Fort Campbell, Ky., performed CPR on his son until paramedics arrived.
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