Farmer dies during Bok victory

2009-07-27 09:52
Bloemfontein – A Bethulie farmer died on the main stand while watching the Springbok victory over the All Blacks at Vodacom Park on Saturday.

"We are shocked about his death, but he was in his happy place," said the son of Victor Lemue, 71. "He was a real Free State farmer who loved rugby," Jean, a lawyer from PE added.

Before Lemue's death, paramedics also had to treat a security guard who was believed to have had a stroke.

Lemue slumped in his chair about 15 minutes before the end of the match, roundabout the time the Springboks were leading 20-16. According to paramedics he had a massive heart attack.

Rossouw Dreyer of Netcare 911 said Lemue sat right in front of the police and emergency services. Paramedics were with him within minutes, but couldn’t do anything for him. Two doctors who were also in the stand, helped them.

Lemue's friends and family described his sudden death as a big shock. He was in good health, had still gone hunting often and was very active.

His son said on Sunday, "If someone had told me (on Saturday) that my father would die of a heart attack, I would've laughed at him. All of us thought he would live to be a 100, because his mother was 93."

Lemue had an ECG and other medical tests done two weeks ago and nothing was wrong. He was also a top angler and represented South Africa in the sport.

He leaves his wife, Ansa, another son Victor jnr as well as a stepson, Martiens le Roux.

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