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Alabama man at Capitol riot died from a heart attack
Madeleine Ngo
 
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The claim: A man died from a heart attack after accidentally tasing himself in the testicles at the Capitol riot

Five people died after a pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Three people died from medical emergencies on Capitol grounds, including Kevin Greeson, a 55-year-old man from Athens, Alabama.

Posts circulating on Twitter and Facebook claim that Greeson suffered a heart attack after leaving a taser in his pants and accidentally triggering it when he was attempting to steal a portrait in the Capitol. 

“He repeatedly tased himself in the scrotum until he suffered a fatal heart attack,” wrote one Twitter user, whose post garnered more than 4,000 retweets and 15,000 likes. 

A Facebook user also alleged that Greeson was “looting” the Capitol when he accidentally set off the taser. Another user claimed that Greeson went to the Capitol to “overthrow” the election but died after tasing himself.

USA TODAY has reached out to the posters for comment.

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Attorney: Greeson was not tased

Mark McDaniel, an attorney for Greeson’s wife, said Greeson died of a heart attack on Capitol grounds, but he did not tase himself. 

“Kevin had a history of high blood pressure, and in the midst of the excitement, suffered a heart attack,” his wife, Kristi Greeson, said in a statement to USA TODAY.

She added that her husband was a Trump advocate and he was excited to attend the event, but “he was not there to participate in violence or rioting, nor did he condone such actions.”

Kevin Greeson was on the west side of the Capitol talking to his wife on the phone when he fell to the sidewalk, according to a New York Times reporter who witnessed the event. Emergency personnel rushed over but were not able to revive him. 

A Twitter account for a Kevin Greeson of Athens showed posts supporting Trump and profanely denouncing the president’s critics, USA TODAY reported.

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Our rating: False

The claim that Kevin Greeson died of a heart attack after tasing himself in the testicles is FALSE, based on our research. An attorney for his wife said Greeson did not tase himself, and his wife said in a statement that he had high blood pressure. The New York Times also reported that Kevin Greeson died after he fell to the sidewalk outside the Capitol.

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