An Ohio man playing golf with a friend at a northern Michigan resort died after being attacked by a swarm of bees when he went to search for his ball in the woods, police said on Thursday.
Darryl Dever died on Wednesday after being stung more than 20 times on the head, neck and shoulders at Treetops Resort in Dover Township, Michigan State Police Sergeant Mark Tamlyn said.
The 64-year-old Dever had gone searching for his ball near the second hole when the bees emerged from a hive in the ground. Although Dever had no known allergies to bees, the intensity of so many quick stings proved too much.
The golfer was having trouble breathing after being stung and died shortly afterward, said Tamlyn.
The resort is about 200 miles north of Detroit.
Dever was a noted Statehouse lobbyist in Ohio and friends paid tribute to him.
“I lost a friend and a mentor,” Adam Hewit told The Columbus Dispatch.
“One of the things I always said about Darryl is anybody who can last this long in the business is a true professional.
"He’ll be missed not only in his work, but in friendships and his humor."