Physical Education Teacher Dies During Haifa High School Class

Paramedics believe 57-year-old teacher died of cardiac arrest; incident happened in front of teacher's students.

A 57-year-old physical education teacher died Friday morning during a gym class with students in the Yavneh high school yeshiva in Haifa.

One of the students, who volunteers with Magen David Adom emergency medical services, joined paramedics in trying to resuscitate the teacher, but confirmed his death minutes later.

The teacher also served as one of the principals of the yeshiva.

At around 8:30 a.m., the Carmel MDA station received a call that a gym teacher had collapsed in the middle of a class. One of the paramedics who arrived at the scene, Asher Golan, said, "When we came, the teacher was lying in a bad state, unconscious and without a pulse. We tried all kinds of resuscitation methods, including advanced ones such as electric shocks and medication, but we were forced to confirm his death."

Golan said the entire incident happened in front of the teacher's students.

MDA said that the teacher most likely suffered from irregular cardiac activity, which caused cardiac arrest that led to his death.