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Man dies in what's believed to be first e-scooter related death in New Zealand

A person has died in central Auckland, believed to be the first case in New Zealand of a fatality involving a Lime e-scooter.

Police confirmed that a 59-year-old man died at around 10 last night on a footpath near Fanshawe Street.

The person died after going into cardiac arrest, but authorities don't yet know whether the heart attack or the fall from the scooter came first, 1 NEWS understands. 

The scooter company released a statement about the incident this morning. 

“We are devastated to learn of this tragic incident in Auckland overnight, and our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time," the statement from Lime read. "We have been in contact with local authorities and continue to assist however possible.”

Although the death is not believed ot be suspicoious, police have asked any witnesses to last night's incident to call 09 302 6400. The case has been referred to the coroner.

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A 59-year-old man died on a footpath near Fanshawe Street at around 10pm last night. Source: 1 NEWS