Healthy man, 25, collapses and dies playing Wii Fit game

By Advanced Medical Services AMS9 Aug 2010

Healthy man, 25, collapses and dies playing Wii Fit game

A ‘fit and healthy’ 25-year-old man suddenly collapsed and died in front of his horrified girlfriend and best friend as he played a computer game.

Tim Eves was ‘jogging’ on a Wii Fit games console as Emma Tuck and Lewis Hickin looked on, when he slumped to the floor.

The tragedy happened just hours after Tim had flown home from celebrating his mother’s 50th birthday in Portugal.

Devastated Emma, 26, said last night: ‘Tim was the best boyfriend anyone could have and the best friend a girl could have.

‘I love him loads and will miss him so much.’

Paramedics dashed to the house and rushed Tim, who had been fit and well, to hospital but it was too late.

The family were told he could have been killed by Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Also known as Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome, it is a disorder of the electrical system of the heart.

Those with the condition are vulnerable to an abnormal heart rhythm. During exercise the heart may stop pumping out blood, causing the brain to become deprived of blood and sudden death.

The condition is estimated to kill 500 people a year.

Tim’s father, Alan, said: ‘He was just such a helpful, considerate and caring person.

‘He really threw himself into things and lived life to the absolute full.’ 

He added: ‘Tim packed so much into the 25 years that even if he had lived another 25 years he couldn’t possibly have made any more friends.

‘We all loved him so much.’

The tragedy occurred on March 4 at the home Tim shared with Lewis, 25, in Hopton-on-Sea, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

He had just returned to England after visiting his parents at their Portuguese home and had spoken to them on the phone just minutes before he collapsed.

His mother June said: ‘We spoke to him on the phone when he was playing on the Wii machine.

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