Welcome to another edition of Unbox’s “Viral Fridays” where we feature weirder than usual tech and geek related news to cap out the week.
AsiaOne, a Singaporean online news portal, reported on Wednesday the death of a 67-year-old Pokemon Go trainer, who suffered a heart attack after catching a rare monster in the game.
According to a statement issued by the Singapore Civil Defense Force, at 5:30 pm on February 26, paramedics brought a man to the Singapore General Hospital. The man died shortly after admission.
GPS and in-game data on the man’s smartphone revealed that he was at the Marina Bay Sands, playing Pokemon Go and that he had managed to snag a super rare Lapras, as well as a second-gen Granbull, shortly before the heart attack. The retiree was considered to be a Pokemon Go veteran, having caught over 200 kinds of Pokemon, with a level of 28.
The Pokemon Go trainer’s wife said that her husband was a regular at the area ever since Pokemon Go launched in Singapore. On that fateful day, the family met for a meal to celebrate a member’s birthday. After the meal, the trainer went home for a bit, then headed off to Marina Bay Sands to play Pokemon Go.
The wife recalled to the reporters: “There was a sudden call from the hospital after 6 pm. They told us to come see him one last time. At that moment, I knew things were bad.” She also told the press that her husband had a history of cardiac disease.
Rest in peace, fellow Pokemon trainer from Singapore. May you have all the Laprases in the Pokemon nirvana that you’ve transcended to now.