Date
24 January 2017
A 45-year-old man surnamed Lee collapsed while playing basketball with friends at MacPherson Playground in Mong Kok. Photo: Wikimedia
A 45-year-old man surnamed Lee collapsed while playing basketball with friends at MacPherson Playground in Mong Kok. Photo: Wikimedia

Spate of sudden deaths among middle-aged men in Hong Kong

The deaths of three unrelated middle-aged men who died suddenly on the same day are being investigated to determine the causes, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

A toy shop owner surnamed Lee, 45, collapsed, the back of his head hitting the ground hard, while he was playing basketball with friends at MacPherson Playground in Mong Kok at around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Earlier that day, a chef surnamed Wong at a Chiu Chow restaurant on Wing Fong Road, Kwai Chung, passed out inside the kitchen at around 2 a.m.

Wong, also 45, was said to be fond of smoking and drinking, and he was feeling low after the recent death of his mother.

He, too, was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

At almost the same time, a 35-year-old man surnamed Mo-yung was found unconscious by a roommate in a flat in Tan Kwai Tsuen Road, Yuen Long.

Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Family doctor Betty Kwan Ka-mei said most sudden deaths result from heart-related problems.

Many middle-aged people in Hong Kong are unaware of their state of health or tend to overestimate it, because they do not undergo regular checkups.

They could have heart-related diseases without knowing it, and the risks would increase if they have smoking or drinking habits.

Patients with high blood pressure or diabetes also face a higher risk of heart disease, Kwan said.

With temperatures forecast to drop to 8 degrees Celsius this weekend, Kwan said people should keep their bodies warm to avoid hypothermia.

They should also avoid vigorous sports when they are feeling unwell.

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