After a 24-year-old Brazilian man– now revealed to beJohn Kennedy Santos Gurjao – died on a plane bound for Dublin yesterday, speculation was rife that his death could have been drugs related.
Student John became extremely agitated around an hour into the flight, had to be restrained, and bit one of the men trying to calm him. As the Captain declared a medical emergency, he told ground control that Johnwas ‘extremely violent’, and ‘running amok’, before he suffered a seizure, and fell unconscious.
As one passenger told The Irish Mirror:
“He just jumped up from his seat and ran across the arm rests and pushed the food trolley out of the way and went to the back of the plane…the flight attendants and some other people on board tried to treat him but I didn’t see anything else.
It was quite calm where I was sitting though and then we were told we would be diverting to Cork.I thought we would only be stopping there for 30 minutes but there was an ambulance waiting and about 20 Garda cars.”
Despite the efforts of a doctor and two nurses who happened to be on the flight, Johnwas pronounced dead atthe scene.
The flight’s passengers were all interviewed by police, and it was quickly discovered that a Portuguese woman – believed to have been travelling with John– was carrying a large quantity of amphetamine powder in her suitcase.
This promptedthespeculation that the young Brazilian’s mysterious death may have been drug-induced.
Today, a post-mortem examination has confirmed this speculation. Over 41,000 worth of cocaine was found in John’s stomach, wrapped in 80 separate pellets.
It is believed that one of these pellets burst, causing hisviolent behaviour, and subsequent death.
Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.