Michael Wayne Alford Wiki – Michael Wayne Alford Biography
Michael Wayne Alford, 59, was moving an old bag of potting soil when the bees hiding inside the bag became defensive. They suddenly emerged and stung him, according to the Harlan County Coroner’s Office news release. Alford’s family performed CPR on him before Lifeguard Ambulance and the Harlan County Health System Emergency Department responded to the scene. He was taken to a hospital but did not survive the unexpected attack. The former gas station manager died at 5:50 p.m. m. Monday in the emergency room at Harlan ARH Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, three children and 11 grandchildren. The Harlan County Coroner’s Office is investigating the death, said Deputy Coroner John W. Jones. The coroner’s office has not identified the victim, but relatives revealed his name to MailOnline.com. “Our hearts feel that our prayers go out to all the family and friends,” Jones said.
Michael Wayne Alford was 59 years old.
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His daughter Marlana Ledford started a GoFundMe page for funeral expenses since Alford did not have life insurance. “I’m way out of my comfort zone with this,” Ledford wrote on social media. She said all donations will go toward burial and funeral expenses. As of Thursday morning, a total of $2,055 has been raised, about half of its $4,000 goal. Alford Visitation and Funeral Services will be held this Saturday at Evarts Funeral Home. Born in 1964, Alford spent his entire life in Harlan, Kentucky. He enjoyed four-wheeling, playing the piano, collecting knives and carving, according to his obituary. Alford also worked as a gas station manager in the area. Between 2011 and 2022, there were a total of 788 deaths from hornet, wasp and bee stings, with an average of 72 deaths per year, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall, 84 percent of deaths occurred in men. Although most bee stings are not fatal, some people can suffer severe allergic reactions. Symptoms include hives, difficulty breathing, and a fast, weak pulse. The venom could build up when you are stung more than a dozen times. According to the Mayo Clinic, a toxic reaction could cause a medical emergency among children and older adults. Bees are generally not considered aggressive, but wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets can become aggressive to protect their nests. It is unclear what type of bees attacked and killed Alford. But social media users became suspicious of yellow jackets. ‘We’ve been inundated with yellow jackets all summer. I tried every means to get rid of it,” one wrote.