Pokemon hunting leads to death of 67-year-old man in Singapore

The deceased had captured over 200 kinds of Pokemon and was a player level of 28.

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A 67-year-old retiree, who was an avid Pokemon Go player, died from a fatal heart attack moments after catching a rare monster, 'Lapras' on Sunday at Marina Bay Sands (MBS), near an entrance to Bayfront MRT Station in Singapore. The deceased had captured over 200 kinds of Pokemon and was a player level of 28.

Lianhe Wanbao quoted the deceased's 66-year-old wife as saying that during the time of the incident that took place around 5.30 pm, the deceased was out hunting for Pokemon at MBS. She added that the deceased used to regularly visit the site to catch Pokemon ever since the launch of the game, 'Pokemon Go'.

According to her, the family had met up on that day for a meal together to celebrate a family member's birthday. After having the meal, the deceased went home to change before heading to MBS to catch Pokemon.

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"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," the deceased's wife told Stomp.

She said her husband had a history of cardiac disease. So, when she received the call from the hospital, she instantly suspected that her husband had suffered a heart attack.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) issued a statement on Sunday saying that the paramedics conveyed a man to the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). The man died shortly after he was admitted to the hospital.

The GPS readings on the deceased's mobile phone proved that the deceased had indeed been catching Pokemon at MBS. Before the heart attack was triggered, he had managed to capture a rare 'Lapras' and a second generation monster, 'Granbull'.