NZ skipper chokes to death

2011-12-07 09:29

Wellington - The captain of New Zealand's men's netball team choked to death in a freak accident while eating his dinner, reports said Wednesday.

Mike Siave collapsed in front of his wife Amanda on Friday as he was eating a meal at his Christchurch home, the New Zealand Herald reported.

It said paramedics failed to revive the 35-year-old and a coroner's report found he died of asphyxiation caused by a food blockage in his throat.

Amanda Siave said she and her two sons were still coming to terms with the bizarre death.

"He was fit and young. We just can't understand it," she told the Herald. "I can't believe it's real. It's such a tragic accident."

New Zealand men's netball association president David Pala'amo said Siave's teammates were "beside themselves" with grief.

"He was one of the best captains we've ever had," Pala'amo told the Christchurch Press newspaper.

"He had lots of respect from all the players. He looked after the young players coming through. He was a genuinely friendly person that looked after everybody."


  • Matthew - 2011-12-07 10:33

    I thought the Proteas were the chokers.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-12-07 10:54

      Fool, the guy probably has a family. Not nice to play jokes, let's hope no-one mocks you at your funeral… Maffhew

      Matthew - 2011-12-07 11:26

      Couldnt care if they do.

      Peter - 2011-12-07 13:14

      He was for real the proteas arnt what a joke you are jerk

      Squeegee - 2011-12-07 17:20

      Vanilla, no one will turn up for Matthews funeral - what a jerk.

  • Malcolm - 2011-12-07 11:12

    This is so very sad. I presume Mike Siave’s wife did try to do abdominal thrusts such as the Heimlich Maneuver which simply forces the diaphragm up to expel air out of the victim's lungs; much like an artificial cough. We should all learn to do this. In these critical circumstances it is worthless to wait for the paramedics to arrive, we must get the victim to cough and also administer back-slaps and hard blows to the upper-back with the heel of the hand, requiring up to 20 blows to dislodge the food.

      richard.hipkin - 2011-12-07 15:20

      It could've been that the food was lodge too tightly in the throat and no amount of heaving will dislodge it..

  • Kyle - 2011-12-07 11:12

    What are men doing playing netball??

      richard.hipkin - 2011-12-07 15:21

      The same as women playing rugby... twit.

      Kyle - 2011-12-07 15:52

      Exploring their sexuality??

      Squeegee - 2011-12-07 17:23

      fWhat are youdoing making as if you have a brain, dimwhit.

      Kyle - 2011-12-08 08:18

      Oh cry me a river... what position do you play? Wing Attack?

  • Zion - 2011-12-07 16:49

    In respect for the family I refuse to trawl this round. Condolences to the bereaved family.

  • sam.kaitawa - 2011-12-09 23:38

    First off condolences to the family, secondly, well done Sports24 for publishing this article because here in NZ there's no mention of his death in the news.

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