A man has been tragically killed by a beer keg exploding at his own birthday party while he was trying to fix it.
Gilson do Nascimento was 43 years old when he tried to get beer from the tap.
His niece in Brazil told local media that her uncle, a locksmith, had gone to fix the beer keg on Friday, September 17th at 6pm.
She said: “My uncle called them (the keg rental company) and they gave him instructions on how to start fixing it until they arrived.
“The beer wasn’t coming out, only foam.”
Police spokesperson Clovis Nei da Silva said the case is currently being treated as an accident, adding: “We are interviewing witnesses at the scene at the time of the incident.
“For now, the incident has been registered and an autopsy has been requested.”
Gilson’s wife, sister and 15-year-old son were also at the birthday party which quickly turned to tragedy.
His niece said the family is “very shaken” by his death, which came just six years after he battled against cancer. He had to spend two months in intensive medical care.
His godmother Angela Maria de Oliveira told local media: “He was a warrior, a working man, a wonderful family man.
“He was everything to us. He will be greatly missed in our lives. It was always a full home with him.”
Gilson’s autopsy took place on September 18, on the morning after his death, and he was buried the following day at Jardim da Memoria Cemetery in Novo Hamburgo.
The news site G1 said the company Chopp Express had supplied the keg for the birthday bash.
Jose Adelmo de Oliveira from the firm was the lawyer. He said that the customer was warned not to touch the equipment because a technician was coming to the house to solve the problem.
According to the lawyer the barrel had already exploded when the technician arrived and the victim was still on the spot.
Jose Luis Giovanella is the president of the Association of Microbreweries. He stated that the delivery company and brewery involved were being questioned in order to determine if the equipment was defective.
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