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90-year-old man dead following fist fight

Published: 08 Mar 2011 10:55 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Mar 2011 10:55 GMT+01:00

A 90-year-old man has died following a run in with his 79-year-old neighbour at a care facility for the elderly in Lund in southern Sweden.

The men, both of whom suffer from dementia, came to blows a week ago Saturday night, a time when most residents at the facility watch the Melodifestivalen song contest on television.

At the time the fisticuffs broke out, staff members were in another wing of the facility. The 90-year-old had been hit and kicked and was later taken to hospital, where he died last Thursday.

The incident has been reported to both the police and the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), according to Sveriges Radio (SR).

"It's a real tragedy. Not only for the resident who died and those close to him, but also for the resident and those close to him who was involved in this," said Annelise Håkansson, head of care facility administration in Lund, to SR.

According to SR, the men had only lived at the facility for about a month, but in that short time span had managed to get into several altercations.

They were nevertheless allowed to continue living near one another.

Officials from Lund municipality, which is responsible for the care centre's management, estimate that the wing where the fight took place was unstaffed for about 20 minutes around the time the two men began fighting.

It remains unclear if the 90-year-old died of injuries sustain in the fight.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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11:46 March 8, 2011 by charubun pananon
Perhaps both of them are the former boxers.
12:06 March 8, 2011 by Swedesmith
Not a bad way to go when your 90. Would have been even better if they were fighting over a woman.
15:12 March 8, 2011 by HeilNizar
Any videos?
19:32 March 8, 2011 by Tanskalainen
You rascal! I saw you looking at Inga's rump! She's my girlfriend you hear! I knew her husband.
21:34 March 8, 2011 by StockholmSam
"It remains unclear if the 90-year-old died of injuries sustain in the fight."

really? REALLY?? Are we thinking he died of cancer?
22:03 March 8, 2011 by johnny1939
What no tranquilizers? The staff leave dementia patients unsupervised? strange to say the least. No wonder they got edgy I would too having to watch that stupid program.
04:51 March 9, 2011 by Da Goat
shame I think the old guy should be locked up in a dementia ward as punishment oops he is already there!

yeah we need the youtube clip as evidence.
08:07 March 9, 2011 by Thomas Dolby
But, he was so young, what a tragedy.
15:49 March 12, 2011 by mieoux
@Johnny1939 - hahahaha getting edgy from having to watch that program. haha

What are two people with dementia possibly fighting about? I don't know much about dementia, but I thought you were not supposed to remember stuff when you have dementia.

First of all by the time you get to a certain age, haven't you learned that violence won't get you want you want?

I am actually annoyed at both of these men, yes, even the one who is dead. This kind of behavior is not acceptable past a certain age.
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