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Landscaper dies after SW Side bee attack

A Tucson man died Monday morning after bees attacked him and a coworker on a landscaping job on the Southwest Side. An elderly resident was hospitalized after the incident, but is stable and expected to be released.

The second landscaper was also stung by the bees, but was able to get away and did not require treatment, a spokeswoman for the Drexel Heights Fire District said.

The identity of the man who died is being withheld pending notification of his family, said DHFD's Tracy Koslowski.

Around 7:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a bee attack near the 6600 block of South Camino de la Tierra, south of West Valencia Road, she said.

One landscape worker was spraying for weeds and bugs when the second approached him as he was being attacked, Kowlowski said.

It's not yet known how the bees may have been disturbed, she said.

Firefighters brought the stung man inside a home to treat him, away from the bees, Koslowski said, but he "did not survive the attack and died on scene."

The resident who was attacked is expected to be released from St. Mary's Hospital later Monday, she said.

"Two firefighters were also stung while they were helping the victims but are fine," she said.

The Pascua Yaqui Fire Department and deputies from the Pima County Sheriff's Department also responded to the incident, she said.

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