Man dies after trapping head in cinema seat

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A man whose head became wedged under the Gold Class seat of a Vue cinema in Birmingham has died.

In a statement from operator Vue International, the cinema said the man died on 16 March, a week after the incident.

An investigation into the accident at the Vue cinema on 9 March is ongoing. Sources quoted in the Birmingham Mail described how the “freak” accident happened after the man bent down to retrieve a phone, dropped between Gold Class seats, at the end of a film. The victim, who was with his partner, was only freed after the footrest was broken by those trying to help.

In a statement, Vue International said: “Following an incident which took place on Friday 9 March at our Birmingham cinema, we can confirm that a customer was taken to hospital that evening. We are saddened to learn that he passed away on Friday 16 March. A full investigation into the nature of the incident is ongoing. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family who have our full support and assistance.”

Birmingham City Council have begun a health and safety investigation.