The sequel to 2009’s Avatar finally hit theaters this weekend with the release of Avatar: The Way of Water. James Cameron’s three-hour epic has received mixed reviews, but one “thrilling” instance left a fan losing their life during the film’s runtime.
Lakshmireddy Srinu, a man in India, reportedly died of a heart attack while watching Avatar 2. (via The Independent)
Local media reports that Srinu collapsed inside a movie theater in southern Andhra Pradesh, which is located on the southeastern coast of India.
Srinu was at the theater watching James Cameron’s new space epic with her younger brother. After collapsing, Srinu was transported to the Peddapuram Government Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He is survived by a daughter and a son.
The director of Fortis Hospital, Noida, Dr. Sanjeev Gera, spoke about this incident to the Hindustan Times. They said: “After Covid, there is continuous inflammation in our blood vessels. Due to stress, increased blood pressure as happened in this case, the arteries of the heart could have ruptured and that can cause sudden cardiac arrest.”
Dr Pradeep Kumar D, from Aster CMI Hospital, said: “This can be due to plaque rupture in the coronary arteries or the triggering of an arrhythmia due to excitement. These types of deaths occur during exciting matches/emotional situations. film per se is unlikely to have caused death.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time someone has died watching an Avatar movie.
In 2010, a 42-year-old man in Taiwan died of a heart attack while watching the first movie based on Pandora.
Wion News reported that the man had a “history of high blood pressure” and that “overexcitement from watching the movie” triggered his death.
This news is all the more surprising considering that Express.co.uk gave Avatar: The Way of Water a disappointing two stars out of five.
Our critic George Simpson called the three-hour film a “snoozefest.” He added: “There are certainly too many characters in Avatar: The Way of Water, with little to worry about, even with the star power of Cameron alumni Kate Winslet and Sigourney Weaver offering their talents. The stakes are raised by one action – focused on the last third, but the hunger for Avatar 3 let alone 4 and 5 after this is seriously left wanting.”
Avatar: The Way of Water is already in theaters.
Avatar is available to watch on Disney Plus now.
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