Man Dies Of Heart Attack After Catching Rare Pokémon Go Monster Lapras

7 March 2017, 11:13 am EST By Joshua King Tech Times
A man died after catching a rare Pokémon Lapras while playing 'Pokémon Go.' The man, Liang Weiming, suffered from a heart attack in excitement of catching this rare monster and died soon after being admitted to the hospital.  ( Niantic Labs )

In a tragic turn of events, a 67-year old man has died of a heart attack moments after capturing an extremely rare Pokémon monster Lapras while playing Pokémon Go.

This incident took place at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) in Singapore on Feb. 26, 2017.

What Transpired?

The deceased, named Liang Weiming, is survived by his wife Chen Ma Li and she told reporters that her late husband had gone Pokémon hunting at MBS, near the entrance to Bayfront MRT Station. Per her words, Weiming used to frequent this spot to catch rare Pokémon. This had been a regular hobby ever since the game's launch.

The family had met together for a meal in order to celebrate one of the family members' birthday. the party, Weiming returned home to change his attire and then went for a Poke-walk to MBS.

"There was a sudden call from the hospital after 6pm. They (The medical staff) told us to come see him one last time. At that moment, I knew things were bad (translated)," said Chen.

Why Did Weiming Die?

Chen informed the media that Weiming suffered from cardiac diseases and when she received the call from the ER, she immediately suspected that he had suffered a heart attack.

The Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) had issued a statement which says that paramedics had transferred a man to the Singapore General Hospital at 5:30 PM on Feb. 26. The man, who was later identified as Weiming, passed away soon after being admitted.

The GPS readings of Weiming's phone reflected his wife's words and indeed showed that he had been hunting for Pokémon at MBS. He had caught a Lapras, a very rare Pokémon and Granbull, a second generation Pokémon, before suffering a heart attack.

Weiming was an avid Pokémon Go player, with him being on Level 28, having caught more than 200 monsters on his Pokédex.

There is a sad irony to the case as Pokémon Go is designed to get players out of their houses and in the open air. It is supposed to benefit health but Weiming seemed to get the worst of it, as his heart attack was triggered by him catching a rare Pokémon.

Pokémon Go is a virtual AR game developed by Niantic, which works on the principle of Pokémon spawning in the AR environment near the player. The player then has to explore his surroundings and catch the spawned monsters. Players can even battle Pokémon gyms and take control over them.

This is a rare tragedy but Pokémon Go players should not be too worried as doctors said that if Weiming had been healthy, the capture would not affect his body at all. Therefore, users can safely go out and continue playing.

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