- A chef working a wedding in Iraq last week slipped and fell into a gigantic vat of boiling-hot chicken soup.
- The cook was catering a wedding party, a task for which he was paid around $17 daily.
- The 25-year-old sustained serious burns on 70% of his body and died in the hospital five days later.
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Preparations for a wedding took a horrific turn after a cook for the big day fell into a vat of chicken soup and died from severe burns.
According to a report from local news outlet Middle East In-24, Issa Ismail, 25, was one of the chefs catering a wedding dinner at the Hazel Hall, one of the biggest wedding venues in the northeastern Iraqi district of Zakho.
While cooking, he slipped and fell into a gigantic pot of chicken soup that was being prepared for the occasion. It is not uncommon for large vats of soup to be prepared in Middle Eastern weddings, which typically host between 200 to 600 people.
Ismail suffered third-degree burns on 70% of his body and succumbed to his injuries five days later in the local Dohuk Hospital, per a report from local media outlet Al Bawaba.
According to Saudi news outlet Arab News, members of his family spoke to live television network Rudaw, saying Ismail was a father of three who left behind two daughters and a six-month-old son.
“He has been working as a cook for eight years, where he cooked food at wedding parties, funerals, and various ceremonies. For the last two years he has been working in party halls for 25,000 dinars (around $17) per day,” said his relative Zervan Hosni, during a Rudaw broadcast.