Brit collapses and dies in airport toilet after landing for South Africa holiday

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    A British man has collapsed and died after getting off a flight to South Africa from London Heathrow.

    Michael Joseph Morris had travelled on the 11-hour British Airways flight with his wife. The pair touched down at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Wednesday (February 8).

    Mr Morris went to a bathroom in the airport while waiting for his luggage. There, he suddenly collapsed and died.

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    Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) CEO Mpumi Mpofu said Mr Morris received medical aid in the international arrivals toilet.

    ”Acsa paramedics responded immediately and attended to Mr Morris but he was declared dead at the scene and we provided assistance to his distraught wife,” she said.

    Acsa said the cause of his death is under investigation but it is not thought to be suspicious.

    Mr Morris' wife was offered consular support by a British Embassy official who happened to be on the same flight.

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    It is thought that the wife was with other family members as well. They are reportedly due to fly back to Heathrow today (Friday, February 10) having understandably abandoned their holiday.

    According to British Airways, the embassy is organising the repatriation of Mr Morris' body.

    A British Airways source said: "The poor man was on the BA057 which had just landed to go on holiday with his family when he collapsed in the gentleman's lavatory on arrival.

    "Everything possible was done to save him but he died. The family have abandoned their holiday while the British Embassy helps organise the repatriation of the body."


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