April 25, 2016 / 11:57 AM / 2 years ago

British army officer dies just before finishing London Marathon

(Reuters) - David Seath, a 31-year-old captain in the British army, died after collapsing just three miles short of the 26-mile London Marathon finish line, the event organizers said on Monday.

Spectators watch as competitors run during the London Marathon. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Livepic

Seath, an Afghanistan war veteran from Cowdenbeath in Scotland, received immediate medical attention on the spot on Sunday and was rushed to hospital by paramedics, but pronounced dead a short time afterward. No cause of death was given.

In the London Marathon’s 35-year history, 11 participants have died. Before Seath, the most recent death of a competitor in the 40,000-person race was Robert Berry, shortly after he crossed the finish line in 2014.

Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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