Police have confirmed that a 64-year-old wood chop competitor has died in front of a watching and deeply concerned crowd at the Royal Adelaide Show. The incident occurred late Saturday afternoon. Popular wood chopping activities were suspended until Sunday afterwards.
Just after 4.30pm on Saturday 31 August, police and emergency services were call to the wood-chopping arena at the Royal Adelaide Show after reports a veteran competitor suffered a medical episode while watching the competition. It is believed he suffered a cardiac arrest.
The 64-year-old veteran wood chop competitor from New Zealand was assisted by bystanders and CPR was performed until paramedics arrived.
Sadly, the man died at the scene a short time later.
Flags flew at half-mast on Sunday in honour of the veteran competitor.
Police have noted that a report will be prepared for the coroner.
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