(posted March 18, 5:10 p.m.)- Retired Army Colonel Amin Eslaquit, 55, died Saturday afternoon after being attacked by a swarm of Africanized bees on his farm in the municipality of La Concepción, Masaya.
Eslaquit, the uncle of Farah Eslaquit, who was crowned Miss Nicaragua Saturday night—less than 10 hours after her uncle’s death—was reportedly on his farm at midday, instructing a worker where to cut a branch off a tree that had split in the wind.
The sound or vibrations of the chainsaw apparently disturbed a beehive in the tree, causing the bees to swarm and attack.
Eslaquit, who reportedly had his shirt off in the afternoon heat, bore the brunt of the killer-bee attack.
His farm assistants came to his aid and rushed him to the hospital in Jinotepe, but apparently died shortly after getting there, according to La Prensa.