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Rescued Houston man 'died' 5 miles from BP MS-150 finish line

Erin Mulvane, Houston Chronicle
Updated 2:20 pm, Monday, April 22, 2013

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  • Riders celebrate as the cross the finish line during the 29th Annual BP MS 150 in  Austin, Texas, on Sunday, April 21, 2013.  The BPMS 150 is a 150-mile 2-day bike ride with thousands of cyclist riding from Houston to Austin raising money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez) Photo: Rodolfo Gonzalez, MBO / Austin American-Statesman

    Riders celebrate as the cross the finish line during the 29th Annual BP MS 150 in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, April 21, 2013. The BPMS 150 is a 150-mile 2-day bike ride with thousands of cyclist riding from Houston to Austin raising money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez)

    Photo: Rodolfo Gonzalez, MBO

 

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A 68-year-old man made it 145 miles through the BP MS-150 ride from Houston to Austin over the weekend before collapsing off his bicycle during a cardiac arrest, officials said.

On the route, the Houston man, who has not been identified, suffered the heart condition five miles from the finish line of the ride at Bluestein Boulevard and Martin Luther King, Jr. in Austin around 1 p.m., said Warren Hassinger, an Austin, Travis County EMS spokesman.

"He essentially died at the scene," Hassinger said.

Motorcycle medics patrolling the ride and five Austin Police Department officers responded and started CPR for two minutes. Emergency responders shocked him and his pulse returned. The man woke up and was transported to University Medical Center at Brackenridge. His condition was not immediately available.