David Graham

Published: December 18, 2007 at 3:28 PM

I'm sure when it's all said and done, he'll die of some unknow heart/health condition as most people seem to find out after a story like this comes out. Sad, but makes me wonder how people don't know about these issues.. Guess they never go to the doctor for physicals... IF this turns out to be the case, such as so many are....
rafael g

Published: December 18, 2007 at 3:30 PM

no matter what, this is sad. but it seems that Disney has no fault in this. i feel sorry for the family to go through this before the holidays.
Iris Hernandez

Published: December 18, 2007 at 5:42 PM

It probably was some unknown heart condition or something along those lines. Maybe the man, since he was only 44 thought he was perfectly healthy and didnt see a need to go see a doctor. Lesson to be learned here definetly.Of course Disney is not at fault here at all, but i am glad that they are still offering some assistance to the family. And I was seriously shocked to hear this one, believe me. Really sucks since it is before the holidays, my deepest condolences to that family as well. I'll definetely add them to my prayers tonight.
robert miller

Published: December 18, 2007 at 6:34 PM

A lot of conditions are not detectable from ordinary physicals.
Rob P

Published: December 19, 2007 at 2:36 AM

I'm sure that I speak for all of us on TPI when I send my heartfelt condolences to the family.

It's a tragic accident and at a particularly difficult time.

Mitchell Botwin

Published: December 19, 2007 at 6:03 AM

The current story on the Orlandosentinal.com site stresses that there was not a defibrillator available. The paper said "There reportedly were at least two in Animal Kingdom on Tuesday, including one at a first-aid station on Discovery Island, a couple hundred yards away from the Everest ride, and one on a mobile cart." which may set up Disney for another lawsuit. The young boy who had a bad heart and died while on Mission Space had sued Disney and settled out of court.
daniel sears

Published: December 19, 2007 at 7:53 AM

how scary.....who would have thaught a ride like that can cause such accidents?. let's take in to acount though....we're not sure of what the man's health was like before the ride, even how he was seated in the car. yeah....cold could have contributed, but i really think we need more information to come to a proper conclution
Domenik Jost

Published: December 19, 2007 at 11:11 AM

I just checked the Orlando Sentinel website and the new headline for this story is "Man who died on Disney roller coaster misidentified".
The man's actual name is Jeffery Chalmers Reeb of Navarre, Florida. No definite cause of death has been released.
David Graham

Published: December 19, 2007 at 12:26 PM

UPDATE from Orlando Sentinel on cause of death

The 44-year-old man who died after suffering an apparent heart attack on Walt Disney World's Expedition Everest ride was suffering from an enlarged heart and had a history of heart arrhythmias. The District Nine Medical Examiner's Office said Jeffery C. Reeb, of Navarre, Fla., died of dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that in this case had no known cause.
The medical examiner's office said the condition is a heart abnormality, and Reeb was considered to have died of natural causes.


claudia maffei

Published: December 20, 2007 at 1:39 PM

UPDATE= I heard this on the radio this morning. The man had prior health problems and they were the cause of his death. The ride is back opened. I think the scariest thing about any ride is the not knowing what is going to happen or how long it is. The first time on some of the rides everest included for me I took a xanax first. I freaked out on Mission Space at Disney because of the closed space and I am not closterphobic ( however you spell it ). We just went to Disneyworld and rode everest 8 times. My son is autistic and loved it and wanted to go again and again. It goes backwards as well as forward. We went in the day and nighttime over Thanksgiving week. My son is small and handicapped and loved it as well as my 16 year old. It is very safe and a smooth ride. Scary the first time like any ride you don't know. I always ask how long each ride is the first time and know if I am scared it will only last a couple of minutes of my life. That helps some. The older I get the more I loose my nerve.