Lady Gaga's bodyguard killed in police taser attack

Lady Gaga's bodyguard killed in police taser attack
'DUTCH GIANT': Mr Norman Oosterbroek, seen here with Lady Gaga in a YouTube video, had a history of drug abuse.

SINGAPORE - He cut an imposing figure next to celebrities, shielding them from overzealous fans.

Standing at 1.98m and weighing 127kg, Mr Norman Oosterbroek's presence was so intimidating that not many fans took a chance with him.

Mr Oosterbroek, 43, nicknamed the Dutch Giant, was a bodyguard to celebrities such as singers Lady Gaga, Jay Z and Beyonce, and former South African President Nelson Mandela.

But he met a bizarre end on Monday night when he was tasered by the police when he allegedly broke into a Miami mansion, reported Miami Herald. He collapsed at the scene and died soon after at a hospital.

The owners of the mansion, Mr and Mrs Markus and Christiane Jung, had reported the intruder after Mrs Jung heard a noise outside and found Mr Oosterbroek on their property.

The police arrived and found the bodyguard fighting with Mr Jung, Mail Online reported.

Reports said they saw him ingest an unknown substance during the fight before he violently resisted arrest. He appeared to have been returning home when he wrongly ended up outside the Jung mansion.

"He was highly violent, uncontrollable and obviously wasn't stable," said Ms Nancy Perez, spokesman for Miami-Dade police, which is investigating the incident.

It said the father of two had been in and out of rehab for years.

He and his family were renting a US$500,000 (S$639,000) home next to the Jungs.

Toxicology results are not out yet, but the police said his elevated body temperature was consistent with someone under the influence of cocaine.

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