Saturday 1 October 2016

Man (40) dies after suspected heart attack and fall in Pantibar

Cathal McMahon

Published 04/06/2016 | 11:43

Panti Bar Dublin. Picture: Justin Farrelly.
Panti Bar Dublin. Picture: Justin Farrelly.

A man has died following a suspected heart attack at a popular city centre bar in the early hours of this morning.

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Independent.ie can reveal that the male was discovered in Pantibar on Dublin's Capel Street.

Gardaí believe that the 40-year-old man suffered a heart attack before falling down a stairs in the building.

He was discovered before 2am and pronounced dead an hour later in hospital

Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) and gardaí attended the scene but the death is not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesman for the DFB confirmed that two units, an ambulance and a fire appliance, were called to the scene shortly after 2am.

They took the man by ambulance to the Mater Hospital and administered CPR en route.

He was unable to confirm if the man suffered the cardiac arrest before or after the fall.

Rory O'Neill 'Panti'. Pantibar, Capel Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Rory O'Neill 'Panti'. Pantibar, Capel Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

The man died in hospital.

The gay bar is owned by Rory O'Neill, aka Panti Bliss, and is one of Dublin's most popular night spots.

Mr O'Neill was a lead campaigner in the gay marriage referendum and has received international attention for his work on equality issues.

A manager at the bar confirmed that a "tragic incident" occurred there overnight.

He said: "We have no comment to make in relation to this."

The death was just one of a number of serious incidents that Dublin Fire Brigade dealt with last night.

Earlier units from Phibsboro were called to the Hardwicke flats where a woman suffered burn injuries after a fire in a kitchen.

And at 10pm DFB officers attended a fire on Friary Avenue in Smithfield where a man in his 60s was discovered in a serious condition.

A spokesman said the man suffered smoke inhalation and then a cardiac arrest.

Fiire officers resuscitated him and brought him to the Mater Hospital here he remains in a serious condition this morning.

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