Portuguese man killed by murder hornets

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A man picking persimmons with a friend on a farm near Porto, Portugal, stumbled across a nest of the murderous hornets, and it cost him his life.

The man, identified only by his first name Celso, died of cardiac arrest caused by anaphylactic shock despite repeated attempts to save him by paramedics.

His friend, Abilio Rodrigues, 60, was also hurt in the incident and told the Portuguese daily Jornal de Noticias: “I’ve never seen anything like it… I went to cut the fruit from the tree and they attacked me.”

“They stung in the arm and on the head while I was on a ladder about 20 feet from the ground but I endured the pain so as not to fall,” Rodrigues’ said, translated by the Mirror. “Celso was also hurt and we went to try to get help. I put vinegar on my wounds to see if it eased the pain but by then Celso was having difficulty speaking.”

By the time paramedics arrived, Celso, 70, was in cardiac arrest. The nest was destroyed.