A wedding day ended in tragedy when a 26-year-old groom collapsed and died one hour before the marriage ceremony was meant to take place.
Kyrillos 'Cyril' Shehata, who had recently completed his teaching degree and worked as a trainer and lifeguard at the Egyptian Sharm El Sheikh resort, had everything in place for his new life as a married man when tragedy struck.
He collapsed and died suddenly in the village of Bani Said in the governorate of Minya in Upper Egypt.
Mr Shehata was a member of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church community.
The church has about 10 million members mostly in Egypt, Libya and Sudan.
The night before his wedding, Shehata, who had three sisters and was his parent’s only son, celebrated with friends and family.
After celebrating, he spent the next day preparing to wed his bride, Arini 'Irene' Isaac, when he suddenly complained of feeling unwell and collapsed in front of his mother about 4pm (local time) on Monday, one hour before the church service.
He was rushed to hospital where medical staff could only confirm his death from a suspected heart attack.
Instead of seeing Mr Shehata exchange vows with his bride, loved ones had to organise his funeral which had now taken place.
“God is all-knowing and has a reason for everything, but sometimes it’s hard. I pray for his family and bride,” one online tribute to the 26-year-old read.
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