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Gardener Killed By Swarm Of Bees On Farm In Western Victoria

A man has died after being stung multiple times by a swarm of bees while gardening on a farm in Victoria's West.

The death of the 27-year-old has been confirmed by the well known restaurant Royal Mail Hotel, who runs the farm in Dunkeld where the incident occurred.

Other staff members attempted to resuscitate the man when he was stung at around 10am on Wednesday. Emergency services also attended the scene but the gardener could not be saved.

Mark Whitnell, the general manager for Royal Mail Hotel said that their newly revamped restaurant would be closed overnight as a sign of respect for the worker.

"Tonight our new restaurant...will not operate. This is to pay respect to the family and friends in support of our team," Mr Whitnell said.

The farm is used as a "market garden" for the restaurant and is located around one kilometre away from the recently re-opened culinary destination on Macarthur's Road.

In January, the University of Melbourne conducted a study into venomous bites and stings, which found that hornets, wasps and bees have been the cause of 27 deaths in Australia over a period of 13 years.

A report is now being prepared for the coroner.

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