A Miami man was found dead in a room of his house with his body surrounded by about 60,000 swarming bees, authorities said Sunday.
Miami Police said the man, who wasn't identified by authorities, was on a ladder trying to duct tape a hole in the wall where he had seen bees, and when the bees flew out of the wall, he got startled, fell and died.
The man had been renovating a house that has been in his family for years, said Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Ignatius Carroll. The house is located at 129 NW 15th Ave., and was built about 90 years ago, The Miami Herald reported.
On Saturday, his daughter and wife came to the house and couldn't find him. Eventually they checked upstairs, where they noticed a lot of bees in a room. Initially, they closed the room to prevent the bees from getting out, but then they saw him on the floor.
“When police officers arrived, they could hear a humming noise, like the walls were alive,” Miami police Cmdr. Delrish Moss told the Herald. “Although we are awaiting the autopsy, and right now the death is considered unclassified, the fall likely had more to do with his death than anything to do with the bees.”
A bee control expert was called in to remove the insects and advise authorities if special suits were needed. The Herald reported that the bee control expert said there were about 60,000 bees.
It was determined that he had been dead for some time.
Published at 2:53 PM EST on Nov 6, 2011