A 39-year-old man "accidentally" plunged to his death from a fifth-floor sky bridge at Disney World, according to police.
Jeffery Vanden Boom of Greendale, Wisconsin, died from blunt force trauma after the fall at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort, located next to the popular Magic Kingdom theme park, on July 26.
Cops believe the incident, which took place just after 5.30am on Wednesday, was an accident.
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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement: "On July 26, 2023 at 5:33 a.m., deputies responded to the Contemporary Resort after a call came in about a man found unresponsive on the hotel grounds.
"He was pronounced deceased on scene." The fifth-floor sky bridge connecting Bay Lake Tower to Disney’s Contemporary Resort was also closed to guests for a time while police investigated.
Disney World has not confirmed or responded to the incident. Posts on social media, from people who claim they are hotel guests, said they saw a police tent and tape up in the area. Guests were told to avoid going on their balconies, according to the Mirror.
"I'm pretty sure someone just died at our hotel… we got a call at 7:30 someone had a medical emergency and not to go on the balconies and then they had people redirecting us," wrote a Reddit user.
"And then we went outside and there's a tent set up right under a balcony and it's all taped up."
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Last year, an 83-year-old Florida veteran sadly died after riding an amusement at Walt Disney World.
An incident report says that on September 25, Joseph A. Masters and his wife Alice were riding the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover in the Magic Kingdom when he fainted.
Authorities say his wife started to panic as she asked for help and attempted to call other family members. As the ride came to its end, Disney staff and security responded to the scene where CPR was initiated, the report states.
Joseph was taken to Celebration Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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