Father, 80, is killed by bee sting while attending his only child’s funeral in Brazil
- The pensioner was at the funeral of his 45-year-old son when the bees attacked
- He was rushed to hospital in the Amazon state Roraima as 10 others also stung
- He is said to have died from kidney complications after an allergic reaction
- Mr Diniz is now set to be buried alongside his son in the town of Bonfim
A pensioner died after a swarm of bees attacked mourners at his son’s funeral in Brazil.
Raul Diniz, 80, was rushed to hospital with a severe allergic reaction after being stung in the Amazon state of Roraima yesterday.
Mr Diniz went into anaphylactic shock but is said to have died from kidney complications.
Ten other mourners also suffered bee stings at the cemetery in the town of Bonfim.
Raul Diniz, 80, was rushed to hospital with a severe allergic reaction after being stung by bees
Mr Diniz was attending the funeral of his son in the remote Amazon state of Roraima
What is anaphylactic shock?
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that effects the whole body.
It is most often caused by insect bites, particularly bees and wasps, and foods including nuts, milk and fish.
Symptoms include feeling faint, breathing difficulties, a fast heartbeat, an itchy rash or swelling of the tongue and throat.
Victims can also become confused and anxiopus or collapse and lose consciousness.
Symptoms typically start within 15 minutes and can become severe very quickly.
It is caused by the body’s immune system overreacting to a trigger
The funeral of Mr Diniz’s 45-year-old son, Rui, was postponed and the family now intend to bury them alongside each other. It is not known how Rui, his only child, died.
An investigation into the tragedy is underway but a local official said everything was pointing to the dead man suffering an allergic reaction to the bee stings.
He was taken to a health centre immediately after the attack at around 10am before being transferred to a hospital when his condition deteriorated.
Roraima is the northernmost and least populated state of Brazil. It borders the states of Amazonas and Para and the countries of Venezuela and Guyana.