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Swedish Marathon Runner Dead

April 16, 1996

BOSTON (AP) _ A 61-year-old Swedish man died Monday after collapsing of an apparent heart attack at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Humphrey Siesage of Stockholm was treated by paramedics, then whisked by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m., said Wendy Harle, a hospital spokeswoman.

Siesage was stricken in Copley Square after completing the 26.2-mile run, race officials said. The state medical examiner planned an autopsy.

Paramedics along the route tended to a handful of other runners who were dehydrated or had turned ankles, sore feet or minor breathing problems. About a half-dozen runners were taken to hospitals with minor ailments.

``We had a couple of runners with bumps and bruises, a few dehydrated people,″ said Douglas Farquharson, a dispatcher for the Natick Fire Department. ``Considering the number of people who came through here, we have had a very low number of calls.″

There were 38,706 registered runners and 2,000 unofficial bandits in Monday’s race _ more than three times the usual number.

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