A man has died after choking on steak in the 'pub with no beer'

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A man who choked on a steak in the Queensland pub made famous Slim Dusty classic “The pub with no beer” has died.

The man, 44, was eating a steak alone in the Lees Hotel in Ingham, between Townsville and Cairns, when he began to choke, and bystanders attempted to provide first aid, but he was left without oxygen for 45 minutes before paramedics managed to dislodge the meat.

He ended up on life support at Townsville hospital, but Fairfax Media reports his family made the decision to switch it off and donate his organs to others.

The Lees Hotel, previously known as the Day Dawn Hotel, was originally immortalised in a wartime poem by a local farmer Dan Sheahan, after he went for a drink and was told visiting US soldiers had drunk all the beer.

Country singer Gordon Parsons adapted the poem “A Pub Without Beer” into the song “A Pub With No Beer”, recorded a few years later by Slim Dusty. When it was released in 1957, it was the first Australian single to go gold and the first one by an Australian artist to make the British charts.

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