Man dies while riding Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom
Written by Iris Hernandez
A 44-year old man has died after riding Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom today. The man, who has not yet been publicly identified, was unresponsive and unconscious when his ride vehicle returned to the unload area sometime this morning. Disney called in Reedy Creek emergency services and the man was taken to the Celebration Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Tweet
Disney officials said the ride was inspected this morning and was operating properly, according to an Orlando Sentinel report. Right now, of course, the roller coaster is closed until Disney officials reconfirm the ride's status. A spokesperson said that they offer the family their deepest condolences and promised to offer assistance.
No further information is availabe at this time, but, go to OrlandoSentinel.com for what I am sure will be updates to this very sad story.
On a sidenote: Orlando had a fairly cold morning today, perhaps that played a minor part in his death. I personally didn't think it was possible for a person to die while riding this ride and again was extremely shocked to hear this news.
Update: Man ID'd as Jeffery Reed, of Navarre, Fla.
Update 2: Man was mis-ID'd: Jeffery C. Reeb of Navarre, Fla. died of dilated cardiomyopathy, a heart abnormality.
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