Saturday, July 01, 2006
history of Disney deaths (from 1989 - present)
While we're on the subject, and just to keep things interesting:
June 29, 2006
Michael Russell, 12, of Fort Campbell, Ky., went limp while riding Disney-MGM’s Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Preliminary autopsy results indicated he died of natural causes.
April 12, 2006
Hiltrud Bluemel, 49, a German tourist, died one day after riding Epcot’s Mission: Space at Walt Disney World. Preliminary report showed Bluemel died of brain bleeding. She also suffered from severe high blood pressure.
Aug. 4, 2005
Jerra Kirby, 12, of Newport News, Va., collapsed at the Typhoon Lagoon water park in Orlando. He later died from arrhythmia caused by early stage viral heart infection.
JUNE 13, 2005
Daudi Bamuwamye, 4, of Sellersville, Pa., died after riding Epcot’s Mission: Space. An autopsy determined that he died of an irregular heartbeat linked to abnormal thickening of the heart muscle.
APRIL 30, 2005
Ryan Norman, 30, of Mooresville, Ind., died after going on the Dinosaur ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Norman lost consciousness and later died at a hospital. A medical examiner’s report said the ride wasn’t related to the death.
Gloria Land, 77, of St. Paul, Minn., lost consciousness after riding the Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
FEB. 11, 2004
Costumed Walt Disney World worker Javier Cruz, 38, was killed after being run over by a float during an afternoon parade.
SEPT. 5, 2003
Marcelo Torres, 22, of Gardena, Calif., died when Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain locomotive hit a tunnel roof. The ride’s first car then ran under the locomotive. Torres’ body had to be extricated by paramedics. Ten others were injured during the incident.
BETWEEN JANUARY AND MARCH 2003
An 81-year-old woman had a heart attack on the Universe of Energy ride at Epcot. She later died at a hospital.
NOV. 5, 2000
William Pollock, 37, of St. Petersburg, Fla., was killed on Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World when he climbed out of his boat midway through the ride and was struck by another boat.
JUNE 25, 2000
Cristina Moreno, 23, of Spain had a severe headache after riding the Indiana Jones attraction at Disneyland. She suffered a brain hemorrhage, ran up more than $1.3 million in medical expenses in Spain and died in September 2001.
FEB. 14, 1999
Part-time park employee Raymond Barlow, 65, of Clermont, Fla., died at Walt Disney World when he fell from the loading area of the Magic Kingdom Skyway.
DEC. 24, 1998
Luan Phi Dawson, 33, of Duvall, Wash., was fatally struck in the head when a metal cleat ripped loose from Disneyland’s 84-foot-long ship Columbia. His wife and a Disneyland employee were also injured.
MAY 16, 1995
Linda Elaine Baker, 4, from Galveston, Texas, died while riding with her mother on Body Wars in Epcot. An autopsy concluded the ride did not contribute to her death.
A woman was killed in a boat collision in Disney World. No other details are known.
After reading this list, it seems most of the deaths occured because there was a pre-existing condition. I think only a couple of the deaths were due to ride malfunction. I remember when the September 5th, 2003 incident occured. It seemed extra grisly. Another tragic death (in my opinion) is the employee who was run over by a parade float. Can you imagine his immediate family explaining what happened to the rest of the family and the employees friends?
What a way to go!