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Brazilian man killed when cow falls through his roof

July 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM

CARATINGA, Brazil, July 13 (UPI) -- A cow fell through the roof of a house in Brazil, killing a sleeping man and narrowly missing his wife, authorities said.

The 1 1/2-ton cow had gotten out of a hillside pasture in Caratinga and wandered down the slope and on to the roof of Joao and Lena Maria de Souza, which quickly gave way.

The animal crashed down on the De Souza's bed and left Joao De Souza, 45, with multiple injuries, Britain's Daily Mirror said Saturday.

He died of internal bleeding while waiting for treatment at a hospital.

"Being crushed by a cow is the last way you expect to leave this earth," his brother-in-law told the Brazilian newspaper Hoja em Dia. "In my view it wasn't the cow that killed our Joao, it was the unacceptable time he spent waiting to be examined."

The Daily Mirror said the Civil Police in Caratinga began in investigation into the strange death.

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