Man found dead after Twilight screening in Wellington

BY MICHAEL FOX
Last updated 17:50 05/07/2010

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The death of a 23-year-old "transient" man found at Reading Cinemas in Wellington after a screening of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse last night is not thought to be suspicious.

Wellington police spokeswoman Victoria Evans said the man's body was found by a cleaner at Reading Cinemas on Courtenay Place shortly before 8.30pm.

The man had attended a 6pm screening of the film, the latest instalment in the supernatural Twilight franchise, which revolves around a love triangle between human girl Bella, vampire Edward Cullen and werewolf Jacob Black.

At a press conference this evening, police said the man's death was not suspicious and he had no obvious injuries.

The man was slumped in his seat, and the cleaner thought he was asleep.

It was believed he was at the movie by himself, Ms Evans said.

Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Miller said the man had been informally identified, but police had not yet located his family.

The man lived in Wellington but had no fixed address, Mr Miller said.

Mr Miller said a scene examination was being carried out today, and a post-mortem examination would be conducted tomorrow.

The theatre where he was found will remain closed till the scene exam is finished.

The movie is the latest in the smash-hit film series based on the books by Stephenie Meyer. It raked in US$161 million (NZ$233m) worldwide in its first five days.

It was the second unexplained death in Wellington over the weekend.

On Sunday morning, the body of an 18-year-old man was discovered beneath the Soho apartment complex on Egmont St in the central city.

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