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VALLE VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — A man who was stung hundreds of times in a bee attack in western Arizona has died.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday that the man died Sunday at a hospital in Kingman.

Authorities say the man was watching a property in Valle Vista, a community about 14 miles northeast of Kingman, June 12 when he was attacked by a hive of Africanized bees.

He was stung between 500 and 1,000 times.

Beekeeper Johnnie Hoeft, who was called to the scene, says the hive was inside an old tool cabinet in a shed.

The Today’s News-Herald ( in Lake Havasu City identified the victim as John Wade.

Family friend Betty Crippin told the newspaper that Wade had suffered a heart attack after the bee attack.