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Father Dies Hours After Taking Diet Pills For The First Time

| by Sean Kelly

A British father died suddenly just hours after taking diet pills for the first time.

Daily Mail reports, 45-year-old father of three Chris Wilcock began taking the T5 supplement after being teased about his weight. Just hours later, he dropped dead of a heart attack in Darwen, Lancashire. It was later determined the pills Wilcock took contained as much caffeine as 300 cups of coffee.

“People were making comments about his weight but he was not fat. So he said, "starting from Monday, I will start to take them (the T5 pills),” his fiancee, Heather Thompson, said. “I said we should just go on the low-carb diet as always. I told him I love him to bits and I don't care about his weight.”

On the day of Wilcock’s heart attack, Thompson said he began feeling unwell after taking a “quantity” of the pills, reports the Mirror.

“He said he wasn't feeling well and said he had taken some T5s. I called (emergency medical services). They said they were sending an ambulance,” Thompson said. “Chris was saying he was going to be all right but he started going funny. I had to get him dressed. He sat on the edge of the bed and I cuddled him until the ambulance arrived.”

While in the ambulance, Wilcock reportedly went into cardiac arrest.

“They were in there quite a while. The paramedic came out and said his heart stopped but they got it going again,” she said. “I sat in the front of the ambulance on the way to hospital and the paramedic said it wasn't looking good. They worked on him for 65 minutes. They said he would have been brain damaged even if he had survived.” 

Wilcock, a former pub owner, died after arriving at the hospital. Doctors spent more than an hour trying to save him.

“These pills work like amphetamines, they send your body into overdrive,” Dr. Tom Smith said. “You can lose an awful lot of muscle mass and fat but you can also damage your heart. It can stop suddenly and that's usually what happens.”

Sources: Mirror, Daily Mail

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