Dustin Hoffman joins roll-call of celebrity heroes

Reuters News
Posted: May 08, 2012 10:41 PM
Dustin Hoffman joins roll-call of celebrity heroes

(Reuters) - A London lawyer has credited actor Dustin Hoffman for saving his life when he suffered a heart attack while jogging in the city's Hyde Park, becoming the latest celebrity in recent weeks to help rescue a person in crisis.

Sam Dempster, 27, told Britain's Sun newspaper on Tuesday that Hoffman came to his aid when he collapsed in the park 10 days ago, and called emergency services.

"I have no memory of what happened. The paramedics told me I had been saved by Dustin Hoffman. It's unbelievable," Dempster was quoted as saying.

Paramedics told the newspaper that the "Rain Man" star, 74, called emergency services and tended to Dempster as he waited for them to arrive. Hoffman, who has a home nearby, left only after they had re-started Dempster's heart.

Hoffman's Los Angeles-based representative confirmed the account.

Hoffman is the latest celebrity turned Good Samaritan in recent weeks.

"Black Swan" actress Mila Kunis cared for a man who collapsed and had a seizure while working at her Los Angeles home last weekend, celebrity website TMZ.com reported on Tuesday.

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"Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick Dempsey helped to pry a teenager from a car wreck in Malibu last month, and actor Ryan Gosling grabbed a British woman to stop her from being hit by a car in Manhattan in April.

(Reporting By Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)