An elderly man riding the subway in Mexico City on Nov. 30 could have been any of the city’s many homeless—he was slumped over in his seat with his head resting on a rail, riding the entire line of the subway, some 20 stops.
People sat next to the man, who appeared to be in his 70s, thinking he was sleeping.
He was in a seat reserved for the elderly and handicapped, reported televesiva.news, and no one batted an eye when he never got off at a stop.
But when the train arrived at its last station, Pantitlán, at about 11:45 p.m. local time, the man still didn’t get off.
Auxiliary police checking the trains tried to rouse the slumbering man, but he didn’t wake up. They took his vitals, and, sensing nothing, called for emergency medical help.
Paramedics tried to revive him, but it was too late. While they don’t know exactly how long it was before he was discovered, it appears the man had been dead for some hours already, reported LaOpinion.
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Paramedics said he died of fulminant myocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart’s muscle tissue.
The Mexico City’s district attorney’s office said they were not planning to investigate, saying he died of natural causes.
— Jose Ignacio Munilla (@ObispoMunilla) December 6, 2017
The body of the unnamed man was taken to a morgue and later claimed by relatives, who wished to remain anonymous, the Daily Mail reports.
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