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03/21/2018 11:25 EDT | Updated 03/21/2018 11:26 EDT

Birmingham Moviegoer Dies After His Head Reportedly Became Stuck Under Footrest

The British movie chain is investigating the death.

Empty movie theatre seats. A British movie chain is investigating the death of a moviegoer who reportedly became trapped under a footrest while trying to retrieve a dropped mobile phone.
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Empty movie theatre seats. A British movie chain is investigating the death of a moviegoer who reportedly became trapped under a footrest while trying to retrieve a dropped mobile phone.

LONDON — A British movie chain is investigating the death of a moviegoer who reportedly became trapped under a footrest while trying to retrieve a dropped mobile phone.

British media say the man suffered a heart attack in a cinema in Birmingham on March 9 after his head became trapped while he was trying to find his phone. Witnesses said he panicked and had trouble breathing after his head became stuck.

The man died in a hospital a week later.

Vue Entertainment, which operates numerous movie theatres throughout Britain, said in a statement Wednesday that a full investigation into the nature of the incident is ongoing.

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