Cops: Boy May Have Died After Breathing In Fish Smell

11-year-old from Brooklyn seems to have suffered allergic reaction as family cooked New Year's meal
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2019 11:48 AM CST
Cops: Boy May Have Died After Breathing In Fish Smell
Authorities are investigating whether a Brooklyn boy died from the smell of fish.   (Getty Images/peredniankina)

Authorities are trying to figure out what caused the death of a Brooklyn boy, and it may be tied to a rare allergic reaction. The New York Post and New York Daily News report that the 11-year-old, named Camron Jean-Pierre or Camron Jean-Paul, got sick Tuesday evening while at home in Canarsie. Camron's family says they were cooking fish for dinner at the time and that the smell may have caused Camron to have a severe reaction, as he had a known allergy to fish.

Family members told cops they hooked Camron up to an unidentified medical device that they hoped would help, but he fell unconscious and medics were called. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The Daily News cites a 2009 study that did find rare life-threatening reactions in kids with allergies who simply caught a whiff of fish. Camron's official cause of death will be determined by the NYC medical examiner. (Some people are allergic to their own sweat.)

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