A family dentist has died after falling asleep on a flight in a Canadian hotel and not being able to get up to use the restroom, according to the hotel where the dentist was staying.
The Ontario Provincial Police confirmed the death Monday, but the coroner’s office did not provide details.
The doctor was an emergency room dentist and lived at the Marriott Grand Hyatt in Calgary.
A statement from the hotel said in part:It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Peter Hickey.
Dr. Hickey, who lived at Hotel Grand Hyatta Calgary, passed away on Sunday night after sustaining injuries while on a family vacation in Toronto, Ontario.
He was 45 years old.
A message was sent to his family on Monday, saying:Dr. Hipple was a very talented and dedicated physician.
His dedication and passion for his patients and his professional work was legendary.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
The hotel has set up a memorial fund in his name at the Hotel Grand, located at 9400 Bains Avenue, Calgary, ABT.
Dr. Peter J. Hirsch, who worked in the Emergency Department at the Royal George Hospital in Toronto.
He died Sunday.
(Courtesy of the Royal Hospital of Ontario) “We have a great medical team here, which has been working very hard to find the cause of Dr Hickey’s death,” Royal Hospital spokeswoman Laura Schoenecker said in an email.
The hotel said the family is “in mourning” and has asked the public to respect their privacy.
In the wake of the tragedy, the Royal Hospitals Association has issued a statement, saying the hospital is “committed to the highest ethical standards, and we are working closely with the local coroner’s offices and our provincial and municipal partners to find out what exactly happened.”
“We know that no family should have to go through what this family has gone through,” the statement said.
“We ask for the privacy of the family at this difficult moment.
We want everyone to be able to focus on their loved ones and to grieve with them and our thoughts are with them.”
The hospital said it has been providing support for the family for two weeks and is also offering a “wondrous” bouquet to their loved one.
The hospital’s statement said:We are devastated by the news of the death and we ask for your continued support as we grieve this loss.
We are in close contact with our hospital partners, including the Ontario Provincial Health Services Agency and the Canadian Centre for Health Information, to gather more information about this event.
There have been no further updates about the cause.