83-Year-Old Veteran Suffers Heart Attack on Disney World Ride

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An 83-year-old man with a pre-existing medical condition died of a heart attack after riding the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover at Disney World, as relayed by multiple outlets.

Veteran Joseph Masters of Palm Coast experienced a “cardiac event” before dying, the state of Florida revealed in its report.

He was on the ride with his wife when it became clear something was wrong. The ride kept moving, leading to a little chaos.

Per the sheriff’s office, via Florida Politics, Master’s wife “began to panic. She began asking for help and attempted to contact family members who were at the park. As the ride came to its end, Disney staff and security responded to the scene where CPR was initiated.”

83-Year-Old Veteran Suffers Heart Attack on Disney World Ride

Medical personnel attempted to rescue Masters for 30 minutes before he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. He reportedly had a pacemaker and was suffering from diabetes and hypertension, among several other medical conditions.

“Joseph’s death was deemed natural given the aforementioned circumstances,” the sheriff’s report read.

Masters and his wife were married 50 years, his obituary noted.

“He worked as a Foreman for a stage lighting company as well as serving our nation honorably in the Army National Guard at Camp Smith Military Base for 23 years,” his obituary read.

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is a gentle, slow-moving ride that’s been at Disney World since 1975. In February, a 72-year-old woman lost consciousness while on the ride, per the sheriff’s office.

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