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Man dies of heart attack while working on home in Miami

Daughter says Herbert McFarlane, 58, was skilled electrician, father of 3

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MIAMI – The daughter of a man who police initially believed was shocked while doing electrical work at a home in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood died of a heart attack, his daughter told Local 10 News.

The woman who asked not to be identified said her father, Herbert McFarlane, 58, was a skilled electrician and a father of three.

Miami Fire-Rescue officials said the incident happened about 2 p.m. Tuesday outside a home in the area of Northeast 60th Street and North Miami Avenue. They said it appeared McFarlane wasn't following proper procedures while working on the home.

"You can see that there are a lot of wires that are exposed from the actual meter box where the electrical light comes in from the pole, and according to FPL that's not the proper procedure," Capt. Ignatius Carroll said. "You're supposed to notify FPL about what you want to do. You also should be a licensed contractor."

Authorities said someone performed CPR on McFarlane while a 911 dispatcher was giving them instructions until paramedics arrived.

McFarlane was taken to a hospital where he later died.

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