Boy Passes Away from Drowning at Pop Century


Sad news to report today out of Walt Disney World Resort where according to the Orlando Sentinel a 13-year old boy, Anthony Johnson, has passed away from drowning. Last Sunday, the child was pulled out of the pool at Pop Century Resort at the Hippy Dippy pool around 9:30pm and was taken to an Orlando area hospital where he passed away today. He was swimming with his family when they lost sight of him and after a few minutes a cousin spotted him at the bottom of the pool.

The boy’s father performed CPR on the child until paramedics arrived and took over. The family was visiting  Disney on vacation from Fordland, MO.

Lifeguards were at the pool from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and signs are posted that guests swim at their own risk after hours, Disney spokeswoman Marilyn Waters said.

“We are saddened by Anthony Johnson’s passing and our hearts go out to his family, friends and loved ones. We have reached out to his family to offer care and assistance during this difficult time,” the company said in a statement.

Everyone here at Chip&Co. offers our condolences and prayers to his family during this sad time.

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  • Mel

    They will never feel any of the magic we all feel for Disney. How sad to have something so awful happen at the happiest place on earth. Prayers to the family.

  • Linda Kozian

    Very sad. I feel horrible for them.

  • Kay Drenth

    How awful for them. :(

  • Kimmy Beck

    I am so very sorry to read about this :( My condolenses go out to the family.