Man found dead in seat in New Zealand cinema after screening of 'Eclipse'

The death of a man at a screening of the latest instalment of the Twilight films is being described by police as unexplained.

The 23-year-old was found slumped forward in his chair, but with no
obvious injuries, after a screening on Sunday night of The Twilight
Saga: Eclipse at Reading Cinemas in Wellington's Courtenay Place.

Paramedics were called, but he could not be resuscitated.

The man, described by police as a "transient" New Zealander who lives
in Wellington but travels throughout the country, appeared to have gone
alone to the 6pm screening.

He was discovered by cinema staff about 8.20pm when the rest of the
patrons had left, Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Miller said.

A post-mortem examination this afternoon may shed more light on what caused his death.

"There are no obvious injuries to this person. And we are looking at this as an unexplained death," Mr Miller said.

There was no indication of anything unusual which occurred at the cinema.
Police did not release the man's name as they were unable to reach his
next of kin yesterday.

Also yesterday, Wellington police were hopeful a post mortem would
reveal the cause of death of an 18-year-old Porirua man who was found
behind a central city apartment on Sunday morning.

Emergency services were called about 8.30am to the Soho Apartments on
Egmont St, between Dixon and Ghuznee Streets, where the man's body was
found by associates who called emergency services after attempting
first aid, Detective Inspector Paul Basham said.

The man had been attending a party on the eighth floor of the apartment
complex and police were working to determine the time he fell to his
death and what caused him to fall.

The area where the man was found had been cordoned off since Sunday and
police were carrying out a scene examination and interviewing residents
of the apartment block, Mr Basham said.

Police would also look at CCTV footage from the complex to determine
the movements of the dead man and other partygoers, Mr Basham said.
Police appealed for any witnesses to come forward.additional reporting

- with NZPA

sources: @BreakingNews on twitter

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Comment by Ivanna Cullen on July 6, 2010 at 2:49am
creepy, but probably it is because of so much excitement going around
Comment by Katyy :D on July 6, 2010 at 3:34am
Comment by Eclipse on July 6, 2010 at 4:47am
RIP dude..I hope he at least got to enjoy some of the movie...:O(
Comment by Emma on July 6, 2010 at 5:29am
i could so make a joke right now but i wont cause this is really sad :( he was only 23 :( thats really young :(
Comment by Olga on July 6, 2010 at 5:35am
that` horrible!!
RIP man...
there`s no place for a joke!!it is really sad...
Comment by Lindy Rosa Bella on July 6, 2010 at 6:07am
whoa....i'm kind of speechless on this one. i think the newborns are getting to people....oh gosh.
Comment by TamTwilight on July 6, 2010 at 8:39am
crap thats freeky
maybe a vampire was in the cinema or something when the guy died?
Comment by Kimberley Cullen on July 6, 2010 at 9:39am
That's so sad, my prayers to his family...
Comment by tet_d on July 7, 2010 at 7:16am
Riley must be alive LOL okay, that was lame, some people are dead and still haven't known (as of press time) the name of the guy was.


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