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Boy, 16, died of a heart attack as he walked round a 'haunted house' with a friend in Malaysia 


Scared to death: Boy, 16, died of a heart attack as he walked round a ‘haunted house’ with a friend in Malaysia

  • The boy was visiting an attraction billed as a ‘haunted house’ in Pahang state 
  • During the tour, the boy went pale, collapsed and became unresponsive
  • A post-mortem examination revealed that the boy had a perforated heart
  • It is unclear whether his family or friends knew about his medical condition 










A teenage boy has died of a heart attack after visiting a ‘haunted house’ in Malaysia with a close friend.

The 16-year-old victim, who has not yet been named, went into cardiac arrest in the house located at a popular tourist attraction in the municipality of Bentong in the Malaysian state of Pahang on December 1.

Local media said the teen was on holiday with the family of a close friend when they decided to visit the allegedly haunted house.

Inside the house, the youngster reportedly collapsed and fell unconscious according to Kosmo.

The 16-year-old boy's body lies under a sheet as medical staff perform an examination

The 16-year-old boy’s body lies under a sheet as medical staff perform an examination

This still image taken from a Facebook video shows bystanders attempting to revive the teenager, who collapsed and became unresponsive during the tour of the haunted house

This still image taken from a Facebook video shows bystanders attempting to revive the teenager, who collapsed and became unresponsive during the tour of the haunted house

The boy fell to the floor, went pale and became unresponsive as bystanders implored him to breathe and attempted to keep him conscious. 

A video posted on Facebook from a fellow tourist at the haunted house shows other people at the site trying to revive the boy as he slipped from consciousness, but to no avail. 

He was carried out of the house to an open area in the fresh air where the emergency services were contacted.

But nothing could be done to stop the teen from passing away and it was later revealed that he had a perforated heart. 

It is unclear if he or his family knew of the condition before his demise.

The was carried out of the house to an open area in the fresh air where the emergency services were contacted (pictured). But nothing could be done to stop the teen from passing away and it was later revealed that he had a perforated heart.

The was carried out of the house to an open area in the fresh air where the emergency services were contacted (pictured). But nothing could be done to stop the teen from passing away and it was later revealed that he had a perforated heart.

Bentong District spokesperson Zaiham Mohd Kahar said the teenager’s death has been listed as sudden death. 

His body was sent to the Malaysian state of Malacca for a post-mortem examination, which revealed the victim had a perforated heart, according to police.

The Ohio-based medical centre Cleveland Clinic said sudden frights, in rare cases, can trigger a cardiac arrest, particularly among those with underlying heart conditions.

The phenomenon is called takotsubo cardiomyopathy – often referred to as ‘broken heart syndrome – a weakening of the heart’s main pumping chamber that is typically caused by emotional or physical stress. 

The temporary condition affects women significantly more than men according to the American Heart Association. 

Cardiologist Dr Mark Estes of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said: ‘In people with pre-existing risk factors or pre-existing cardiovascular disease, you want to reduce the environments in which you might be suddenly stressed like this.’

The boy’s family said they will bury him at the Bukit Baru Islamic Cemetery.

His body was sent to the Malaysian state of Malacca for a post-mortem examination, which revealed the victim had a perforated heart, according to police.

His body was sent to the Malaysian state of Malacca for a post-mortem examination, which revealed the victim had a perforated heart, according to police. 



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