A CYCLIST taking part in last May’s Pink Ribbon Charity Cycle died after suffering a heart attack on the side of the road, his inquest heard.
Francis Endicott (63) of 23 Shandon Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7 and also of Newport, fell ill while cycling in the Mayo Pink Ribbon Charity Cycle at Ballylahan Bridge near Foxford on May 5 last. The Mayo Pink Ribbon Charity Cycle is an annual event to raise funds for breast cancer research which is participated by hundreds of cyclists.
Fellow cyclist, Seán Garvin, said he stopped after seeing a man sitting on the side of the road who was not looking well. He went to see if he could help and after a few seconds the man collapsed and his breathing was shallow.
Gordan Nimmo, a paramedic who was acting as a motorcycle marshall, stopped to attend to Mr Endicott but said he had gone into cardiac arrest. He was taken away by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital but died shortly afterwards at 12.48pm.
Dr Fadel Bennani, Consultant Pathologist explained that the post mortem found no signs of injury but there was evidence of aschemic heart disease. He said there was excessive fat around the arteries which narrowed them and when exercising the heart needs more blood. Dr Bennani said the exercise and the narrowing of the heart resulted in a heart attack and death was natural.
Mr Patrick O’Connor, Coroner for Mayo, expressed his sympathies to Mr Endicott’s wife Marita and their family and friends on his death and recorded a verdict of death due to natural causes.
He said the Pink Ribbon Charity Cycle was a major event and those who take part do so for a great cause and that Mr Endicott had given his life in the cause of philanthropy and for other people.