We all know that Disney routinely takes their rides down for maintenance and service, since safety is their top priority for guests. So it seems a bit shocking to hear that a guest of Disney dies and it is related to a ride at a Disney Park. The Orlando Sentinel reports that a 67 year old man with a pre-existing heart condition fell ill and passed away after riding Star Tours. The District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Ralph Lyles of Memphis, Tenn.
“The cause of death was listed as hypertensive cardiovascular disease with other significant conditions contributing to death listed as obesity,” spokeswoman Sheri Blanton said in an email.
The death last month was recorded in a list of serious ride-related injuries and illnesses the major theme parks report to the state on a quarterly basis. The big attractions are not subject to mandatory state inspections, but they disclose ride-related injuries or illnesses requiring an immediate hospital stay of at least 24 hours.
We can all rest assured that this man’s fate had nothing to do with a lack of safety on Disney’s rides but had everything to do with his own pre-existing health condition. Disney will always be sure to keep guests safety as their number one priority in their parks.
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