By: Savannah Smith | 09-27-2017 | News
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Massachusetts Man Dies After Terrifying Swarm of Bees Attack in His Yard

A father from Massachusetts was just blowing leaves from his lawn when he was swarmed by bees. Unfortunately, the bees attack terrified him and led to his heart attack, devastating his family and friends.

48-year-old Eric Dahl was in excellent health and had no prior incidents with bees said his grieving wife Alison.

Alison told the Sun Chronicle that they have even gone together for a six-mile run Saturday before Dahl started work on their Foxborough home yard. Dahl was then attacked by a swarm of bees, potentially triggering a shock reaction. Dahl was rushed to Norwood Hospital, but unfortunately died there.

Foxborough Fire Chief Roger Hatfield said that three paramedics were with Dahl in the ambulance as he was transported to the hospital, but he did not tell them the nature of his emergency.

Hatfield relayed his condolences to Dahl’s family. He said: “Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire family.”

Aside from his wife, Dahl is survived by his children, 15-year-old daughter, Emma, and 12-year-old daughter, Casey.

His mother-in-law had nothing but also good words for Dahl. Carolyn Romsey said: “He was a wonderful son and husband and he was a wonderful father”

Although Dahl may have died eventually from heart attack, bees attack can not only be scary and dangerous, they can also be fatal. Experts at the University of Illinois’ Department of Entomology, there are about 40 fatal bee attacks each year. Africanized or “killer” bees are more deadly, and it has more to do with the sheer number of stings than the actual bee venom.

Killer bee attacks are also much aggressive because when a killer bee hive is disturbed, the entire colony attacks.

There are also European honey bees that are less deadly than their Africanized counterparts. Killler bees are a mixture, however, of Africanized and European honey bees. They first made their way to the U.S. in 1990 , and they came from Brazil, where they were first introduced in 1957.


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