Man dies after suspected cardiac arrest in popular Dublin city-centre bar

Pantibar, Capel Street, Dublin city (Image via Google Maps)
Pantibar, Capel Street, Dublin city (Image via Google Maps)

A man has died following a suspected heart attack at a popular city-centre bar in the early hours of this morning.

The male was discovered in Pantibar on Dublin's Capel Street.

Gardai believe that the 40-year-old man suffered a heart attack before falling down a stairs in the building.

He was discovered before 2am and pronounced dead an hour later in hospital.

Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) and gardai attended the scene but the death is not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesman for the DFB confirmed that two units, an ambulance and a fire appliance were called to the scene shortly after 2am.

They took the man by ambulance to the Mater Hospital, administering CPR en route.

He was unable to confirm if the man suffered the cardiac arrest before or after the fall.

The man died in hospital.

The gay bar is owned by Rory O'Neill, aka Panti Bliss, and is one of Dublin's most popular night spots.

Mr O'Neill was a lead campaigner in the gay marriage referendum and has received international attention for his work on equality issues.

A manager at the bar confirmed that a "tragic incident" occurred there overnight.

He said: "We have no comment to make in relation to this."

The death was just one of a number of serious incidents that Dublin Fire Brigade dealt with last night.

Earlier on Friday, units from Phibsboro were called to the Hardwicke flats where a woman suffered burn injuries after a fire in a kitchen.

And at 10pm, DFB officers attended a fire on Friary Avenue in Smithfield where a man in his 60s was discovered in a serious condition.

A spokesman said the man suffered smoke inhalation and then a cardiac arrest.

Fire officers resuscitated him and brought him to the Mater Hospital, where he remains in a serious condition.