Fallen security guard "always had a smile on his face"
THE death of a security guard at the Gympie Hospital yesterday has left co-workers in shock and mourning a man who "always had a big smile on his face."
Karl Lowrie, a 45-year-old father who was thought to have lived on the Sunshine Coast, died suddenly in the emergency department minutes after a scuffle with a patient, in which he fell to the floor, about 10.30am.
Gympie Ambulance officer in charge Wayne Sachs said Mr Lowrie, who had been working at the hospital for about 12 months, had been loved by staff.
"He was very popular amongst the ambulance staff," he told the Gympie Times.
"He was always there to lend a helping hand when required.
"He was always very helpful and chatty and nice to talk to."
Mr Lowrie's family were comforted by staff when they arrived at the hospital yesterday.
A post-mortem, expected to be carried out today, may confirm the cause of the man's death.
Police are Queensland Health are continuing investigations.
A QUEENSLAND Health source revealed the death of a security guard at the Gympie Hospital yesterday came minutes after a scuffle with a patient in the emergency department.
The source said the scuffle broke out about 10.30am and lasted a few short minutes before the security guard fell hard on the tiled floor.
Minutes later, the security guard could not be revived.
The man's distraught wife and son were comforted by hospital staff when they arrived at Gympie Hospital yesterday, Nine News reported.
Queensland Health and police have launched investigations into the man's death, with a post-mortem expected to be carried out today to confirm the cause of the man's death.
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service chief executive Kevin Hegarty issued a written statement yesterday expressing his condolences to the man's family.
"We are providing support to family members and co-workers," he said.
"No other statement will be made at this time."
A SECURITY guard has died at the Gympie Hospital on Sunday.
Early reports from doctors suggest a patient has fallen on the security guard and caused swelling of the heart, but they stressed this could not be confirmed.
The security officer, a 45 year old male, passed away at the hospital following a possible cardiac arrest around lunch time.
Gympie police are investigating the background behind the suspected heart attack.
"It is in the earliest hours of the investigation," a police spokesperson told The Gympie Times.
"It is too early to make any outlandish assumptions."
Hospital staff are in shock at the devastating loss of such a young colleague.
The security guard had worked at the hospital for about 12 months.
He leaves behind a wife and children.