A middle-aged woman died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday while watching the climactic crucifixion scene in “The Passion of the Christ” at a morning showing in Wichita, Kansas, a television station reported.
The film was stopped and a nurse in attendance went to the unidentified woman’s side, a spokeswoman for KAKE-TV in Wichita said.
“It was the highest emotional part of the movie,” she said. A crew from the TV station was at the special showing, which was sponsored by a radio station.
The woman, who was in her 50s, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, where a spokesman would only say she had been attending a movie. The county coroner’s office said an autopsy would be performed.