Teen dies after sudden collapse at gaming convention

Kamilia Palu
·News Editor
·2-min read

A 15-year-old boy has died after spending the day out with his friends at a pop culture convention in Auckland.

Alex Haselden was attending the Armageddon Expo on the weekend of October 23 when he suffered a massive cardiac arrest.

He had told his friends he felt dizzy moments before collapsing at the event at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds.

Alex’s mother, Joanne Haselden, said she had taken her son and his friends to the expo and let them explore on their own.

Half an hour later, she received a panicked call from Alex’s friend.

Alex Haselden smiles for the camera.
Alex Haselden died after suffering a cardiac arrested while at the convention. Source: Give A Little

“It took me about five minutes to find them and when I did paramedics were just arriving,” Ms Haselden told Stuff.

“He had been on a ride with his friends and when he got off and started walking, he told them he felt dizzy and then he just dropped to the floor.”

Alex was in a coma for a week with suspected brain damage due to lack of oxygen, a crowdfunding page set up for Alex’s family stated.

“After a week, doctors realised there was no chance of recovery, so his life support was turned off,” Ms Haselden said.

“It is hard to get my head around still. He was due to start his first NCEA exams this month, and he had been looking forward to the summer and going camping with friends.”

Alex passed away on October 31, surrounded by his mum, dad and sister. His wider family are in the UK, and are attempting to travel to Australia after the tragedy.

Alex’s funeral was held last Tuesday and was attended by family, friends and even former teachers. It was also live-streamed for his relatives abroad.

Ms Haselden has spent the last two years recovering from cancer, according to the page, and while she is on the road to recovery, the death of her son has “left her in a fragile position emotionally and financially”.

“Alex was much loved by his family and friends and will be sorely missed for many years to come,” the family’s Give A Little page reads.

Any funds raised will go towards Alex’s funeral expenses and the travel and quarantine costs of his extended family in the UK.

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