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Sydney groom dies in freak accident at bachelor party

A 26-year-old man who was set to marry in June died when he tried to slide down a staircase railing at a bar in Australia.

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Police are investigating the accident and will prepare a report for the coroner. (Joe Raedle/AFP/Getty Images)

A young man who was due to be married in June died Saturday in a freak accident at a bar in Sydney, Australia.

Matthew Bell, of Glenmore Park in Sydney's west, was celebrating with friends at a popular bar, Jacksons on George hotel, near The Rocks, when the tragedy happened, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Witnesses told police the 26-year-old attempted to slide down a staircase rail between the second and third floors when he lost his balance and fell. He landed at the bottom of the stairwell.

Security officers as well as an off-duty police officer at the bar performed CPR at the scene before he was taken to hospital.

He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Bell, a civil engineer, was reportedly set to marry his partner in June, The Australian reported.

His brother and many of his friends at the bachelor party saw it happen.

NSW Police said in a statement detectives are investigating the incident and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

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