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Man dies after attack by ‘aggressive' swarm of bees

Thomas Hicks (70) was mowing his lawn when he was repeatedly stung by the bees outside his home (file picture)
Associated Press Reporter

A Texas man died after going into cardiac arrest when he was attacked by an aggressive swarm of bees outside his home, authorities have said.

Thomas Hicks (70) was mowing his lawn when he was repeatedly stung by the bees outside his home in Breckenridge, about 130 miles west of Dallas.

The Breckenridge Fire Department said first responders faced “very aggressive bee activity” when they arrived at the home. Medics and firefighters attempted emergency care but Mr Hicks died, the fire department said.

His wife, Zoni Hicks, told TV station KTAB that she had been out food shopping when she returned to find her husband screaming and covered in bees.

“You couldn’t even see his back and his whole head — he was just covered,” she said.

Mrs Hicks was also stung repeatedly. She was treated and released from hospital.

The hive was located inside a tree and firefighters killed the bees by spraying foam onto them, authorities said.

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