A dad-of-three collapsed and died from a heart attack at his office Christmas party – after dancing to Gangnam Style.
Eamonn Kilbride, 46, had been doing the energetic horse-riding style moves to Korean pop sensation Psy’s No1 tune with his workmates but seconds later suddenly dropped to the floor.
Th tragedy occurred at an office party for the Thwaites brewery, in Blackburn, Lancashire, where Mr Kilbride worked as an IT manager.
His wife Julie was with him, celebrating her birthday, at the Whitehall Country Club in Darwen, Lancashire, when he began to complain of chest pains.
She desperately tried to revive him with CPR.
Paramedics who were on the scene five minutes later also worked on him but he was pronounced dead as he arrived at Royal Blackburn Hospital shortly after 11.30pm on Saturday.
The family, who live in Burnley, said the coroner told them that he had suffered from acute heart failure.
Mrs Kilbride, paid tribute to a “loving husband” who she had been married to for 23 years.
She said: “I want people to know how he would help anybody whether it was a life-long friend, or someone he had just met.
“He was a great family man and he worked so hard.
“Eamonn was always the life of the party and loved dancing.
“We were having a fantastic time at the Christmas party and Eamonn had just finished dancing to Gangnam Style.
“He was up on stage and entertaining everybody.
“He said he had a bit of a pain and just collapsed.
“I tried to revive him until the ambulance got there, but by the time he got to the hospital he was gone.”
Mrs Kilbride continued: “Eamonn was such an intelligent man, he inspired our children and made sure they had a good education.
“He loved me dearly and would tell people all the time.
“I know he thought the world of us.”
Mr Kilbride, a keen golfer, had three children, Laurajade, 22, Jack, 21, and Conor, 18, who are all at university.
Jack said: “He was a marvellous man and he was really funny.
“He always put effort into everything. He just oozed charisma.” Tributes poured in on Facebook for Mr Kilbride, who had worked at Thwaites in Blackburn for 16 years.
An initial investigation was launched into Mr Kilbride’s death by police, but officers quickly established no suspicious circumstances.
A file has been passed to East Lancashire Coroner Michael Singleton and a post mortem examination was carried out yesterday.
Neil Bullows, proprietor at the Whitehall Hotel said: “It is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with his family.
“It is horrendous and an awful time of year for it to happen.”
A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said: “We got a 999 call at 11.31pm to a man in his 40s.
“A rapid response vehicle arrived on scene at 11.37pm and an ambulance at 11.39pm.
“The man had a condition which rendered him ill and he was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital.”
Mr Kilbride’s funeral takes place at 10am on Wednesday, December 19, at St Mary’s RC Church in Yorkshire Street, Burnley. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to British Heart Foundation care of Alderson and Horan in Rossendale Road, Burnley.