A MAN aged just 34 died in hospital shortly after collapsing in a pub.
Paramedics were called to the Hamilton Russell Arms, in Bank Terrace, Thorpe Thewles, at 1pm on Saturday to the aid of a man who had fallen unconscious.
He is said to have suffered a heart attack in the back of an ambulance before being taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
Despite the efforts of medics, he died in hospital on Saturday afternoon.
Paul Teasdale, shift manager at the pub, who was working at the time of the incident, said: “A waitress came running over and said a man had collapsed.
“We rang the ambulance and put him in the recovery position.
“It was a huge shock and a couple of the staff are still shaken by it.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said: “The cause of the incident is not clear. He was treated at the scene before being put in an ambulance, where he went into cardiac arrest before being taken to hospital.”
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman confirmed that officers attended the pub at 1.30pm and said the sudden death of a man from the Stockton area is not being treated as suspicious.