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Man Dies On Flight After Loud Bouts Of Snoring

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Passengers on a flight to Salt Lake City were stunned on Sunday when a man on the plane suddenly died.

The man, believed to be in his 30′s, has not been publicly identified yet. Passengers say he was snoring loudly for a while before the plane landed and then suddenly was quiet.

“You could tell something was wrong. I asked, ‘Hey, sir, are you awake?’ ” passenger Jared Noall said. “I shook him a bit, trying to see if I could get a response out of him. We checked his throat for a pulse, and it wasn’t there, so we laid him down in the aisle and started CPR.”

Noall and two others on board attempted CPR for more than thirty minutes, but to no avail. Passengers were visibly distraught as they left the plane to go on to their destinations, say officials. An investigation is ongoing.

“They tried their very best; the family of the deceased man would be glad to know he did everything possible to revive him.” said fellow passenger Kevin MacIsaac. “It was sad to see the flight attendant remove his bag from the overhead rack — what shocking news for his family.”

Man Dies On Flight After Loud Bouts Of Snoring


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  • Linda

    I have never seen the like. This Mark has got to be the sadest person in the world. I work in the medical feild but would not dream of trying to diagnose what happened to this poor man. Unless you where there and knew all the details there is no way to know what happened. My heart goes out to his family and I hope they don’t see the things that are said on this site. As for Mark, I feel sorry for him. I hope someone shows him the same compasion he showed this man and his family someday. I AM QUIT SURE THEY WILL. What goes around comes around.

  • http://nil jasper

    may God Almighty grant the family the fortitude to bear the irrepairable loss and grant the dead man eternal rest

  • jay

    this maybe a result of an acute pancreatic disease

  • charmin

    Don’t they have A.E.D’s on planes? If not, they should

    • c

      Why do you think that would have saved this man?

  • Amelia

    sounds like he had sleep apnea.

  • Alex

    Sounds like a severe case of Sleep Apnea. If he was snoring loudly and suddenly stopped, it could have been an episode of suffocation he couldn’t get out of. Sad situation.

  • sometimes

    A death rattle cans sometimes sound like very loud snoring.

    • Janet

      I agree with you.

  • Ray

    Well it was simply because his time was up. So what’s the fuss. If anyone believes he should’nt have died because he was travelling or in his 30′s or in an airplane ought to have a re-think. If it’s your time to go, you go. Period.

    • Janet

      YOU ARE THE BIGGEST JERK I HAVE EVER SEEN. HOW CAN YOU BE SO CRUEL. i HOPE YOU NEVER HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT THAT FAMILY IS GOING THROUGH. I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE. MY HUSBAND PASSED RECENTLY WITH THE SAME SYMPTOMS. IT TURNED OUT TO BE HEART DISEASE AND DID NOT KNOW IT. I AM NOW LEFT WITH 3 BOYS THE YOUNGEST IS 7.
      SHAME ON YOU.

      • T S

        Have you ever thought it was sleep epnia too.
        I mean come on he was snoring. People that snore do have what is known as collapse esophagus’s where the pallet of the top of the throat and the esophagus sort of clap together making that sound. they guy is gone not because of health really like everyone else said. It was his time. we aren’t promised tomorrow anyway. be thankful for that time you do have. People morn basically for themselves. not for the dead.

        • Lorraine

          TS: that is only one form of sleep apnea…the other form is central sleep apnea which has to do with the brain and not the soft tissue of the throat.

  • Bob

    Lot’s of amateur doctors here. Doesn’t really matter how he died. Give the man some peace.

  • Bubba

    Clearly this was a case of a ruptured hemorrhoid.

    • mudstuffin

      have some respect dingleberry!

    • Coach

      Hey Bubba,
      I would like to put my foot across your throat. How can you be so cold and cruel when a story deals with a human life. You are a sick freak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dave

    Loud snoring and then suddenly stopping sounds like a stroke…

  • Lorraine

    There have been a few comments about sleep apnea…one states that it is rarely fatal. I beg to differ. My husband has severe central sleep apnea (in other words, his brain is not telling him to breath). He would often go 30 seconds or more without breathing and during his sleep study he did this 280 times in 4 hours. He now uses a cpap and his health has improved tremendously. Sleep apnea can cause heart problems and undiagnosed sleep apenea is life-threatening. In any event, my condolences to this young man’s family.

    • Shelby

      I have a co-worker who suffers from this. It can certainly be fatal if it is not treated. She recently just went for a sleep study and was given a new type of sleeping mask and machine. What made her seek help was when she had fallen asleep one time while watching TV with her daughter. Her daughter woke her up because she noticed she actually stopped breathing for a few seconds.

      A landlord of the old apartment I lived in died from sleep apnea.

  • Shelby

    That’s really sad that he died so young and from something that is treatable. I just watched a report a couple of weeks ago about how if you are a snorer it’s really a great idea to get checked for sleep apnea. A lot of people are given special masks and machines to help them breathe properly while they sleep. I wonder if the man knew he had any type of sleeping condition. So wonderful of the passengers to try and save him.

    • Ctsfan

      stop this madness I am going to stop reading this craziness yall need to go to church

      • Ellen

        That is very very sad for a young man to die like that..,,for the
        GREAT passengers who took the time to try CPR, (for 30 minutes),,,
        instead of what many people these days usually do,,which is so very sad,,they are in such a rush,,,,they would have not even noticed that he was dead and by the Grace of God,,,,in Heaven….I was an
        overseas flight attendant,,,and I can assure you,,,the “training both mentally, physically, and morally,,,and lawfully,,,we had to know what to do in a situation such as this,,(You cannot land a 747 jet that is over the Atlantic Ocean(they call it in terms”the point of no return”) which means the plane and fuel is at the half way point of the trip,,and if there is any “TRUE DEFINITE REASONS TO AVERT A CATASTROPHY”,,,THE captain is the person who decides to go forward with the trip,,,,or turn around to avert ANY HARM TO PASSENGERS,,,,,,we use to say,,thats why he/she gets paid the “big bucks”,,,, and the plane had sometimes maximum of 500 passengers,,
        so,,,,,,,just for your FYI for today,,,give the Captain and flight attendants alittle more respect when your in the plane,,,you cannot imagine what could happen, (aka:911) or in this case,,,a young man sleeping loudly threw the flight,,,and no one could tell how or what was wrong with him,,,because he became “quiet” for landing,,gosh knows when he passed away,,except the nice passengers on the plane were and are HEROS,,,,,not thinking always of themselves,,but helping someone who they didn’t even know,,,and as a Roman Catholic woman,,,,today is “ASH WEDNESDAY”,,,,the beginning of 40 days and nights of “fasting” and Gods wishes for us to “sacrifice & learn/listen,,, and it should be a “GREAT TIME OF REFLECTION” on or about each one of us,,Roman Catholics,,and other faiths that follow Gods way”,,so,,most Catholics “give up” something in the spirit of “sacrifice”,,,as our Lord did for us,,when in this Lent season,,
        maybe instead of giving up something,,,maybe decide to change just one thing,,,,,,,and I am choosing to say “hello,,have a nice day”,,
        to at the very least,,,one person,,I have been doing this for over a year to prepare myself,,,people can be EXTREMELY DISRESPECTFUL I have known and found out pretty fast,,(especially, sorry folks,,but for over 10 years now,,,NY has gotten the “rudest people” “award”,,
        rightfully so in my mind,,,change just one thing,,when someone says hello to you,,,,,at the very least,,,say hello back,,it may just be what not only NY NEEDS, but our country needs in this terrible economic and scary situation in America today….
        So,,in the spirit of Lent,,,,,,’just one nice thing to say to someone, like just a “hello”,,,and you never know how fast you can not only change,,,,,,,,,,but others also,,,,,,, God Bless

  • Kathy

    it sounds like he had a sleep disorder thst causes them to stop breathing. My husband does it. He snores loudly and then all of a sudden dead silence. When it happens I shake him and it brings him out of it. I think that is what happened to him. What a shame.

  • http://yahoo andrea ginsburg

    Don’t they have defibrillators on all plnes now with staff trained to use them? That is what I heard.

  • David

    Sleep apnea is a major health problem. Anyone with concerns that they have it should speak to their doctor. 1800sleeptest.com have an initial questionnaire on their site that may help.

  • Ed

    People die every second of every day. This one just happened to die on a plane. What’s the story here?

    • Trish K

      Who’s to say that the man would have died IF the flight attendants were aware of the correlation between loud snoring and anoxia (no oxygen). Perhaps, if someone had tried to rouse him when he was snoring, he would still be breathing.

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