TV presenter suffers a heart attack mid-sentence and collapses LIVE on air while discussing Turkish football
Presenter Sukru Oytan can be seen in the video slowly leaning forward on his desk and slumping before he dramatically slides off his chair and falls to the studio floor
WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT
Ten days after Turkish sports presenter Sukru Oytan was fitted with a pacemaker, he shockingly suffered a massive heart attack live on-air.
Though he is in stable condition now, the moment Oytan slumped forward on his desk made for disturbing television. In the video, he can be seen slowly leaning forward on his desk and slumping before he dramatically slides off his chair and falls to the studio floor. The distressing video was recorded on a local television channel in the Eskisehir province.
TECH2 reported that Oytan was in the middle of analyzing the Sports Toto 1st League Eskisehirspor-Umraniyespor match when he paused for a moment too long, making everyone wonder what had happened. After a few seconds of silence, he leaned forward and his head came to a rest on the table. Guven Sabaz, his co-presenter, looks very confused and waits because he doesn't realize what just happened.
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Oytan can be seen panting profusely as he is seen bent over on the desk. This is the moment when Sabaz realizes that something is wrong and starts walking over to his colleague. The elderly man then falls out of his chair and onto the studio floor.
The local media in Turkey reported that Oytan suffered from a heart attack and was immediately rushed to the hospital. It was reported that he is now in a stable condition. The local television channel said in a statement that Oytan had undergone a surgery to fit a pacemaker just 10 days before the heart attack. He had been diagnosed with arrhythmia, a condition where the heart has slow or irregular heartbeats.
In such cases, a pacemaker is connected to a person's heart muscles by a lead or two if they are given this diagnosis. It is said to be a life-saving procedure that can relieve some of the symptoms for the condition such as fatigue and fainting. If the heart rate is too slow, the pacemaker sends an electrical signal to the heart muscle to immediately start a heartbeat.
The TV channel said in the statement: "Our colleague Sukru Oytan had a pacemaker placed due to arrhythmia ten days ago. Today during the programme he felt bad and fainted. He was immediately taken to a hospital. The doctors reported that his state is stable. We express our best wishes to Oytan and his family."
This isn't the first time someone of renown has had a heart attack on live TV. Popular Indian academic Rita Jitendra passed away mid-sentence on live television on September 10. The 81-year-old professor, who previously worked at the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages as a secretary, was a frequent guest on television shows. However, in the middle of her appearance on the talk show called 'Good Morning J&K', Jitendra's interview was cut short as she tragically passed away mid-sentence on live TV.