A woman has died in the bathroom of a Frankie & Benny's restaurant after choking to death on some food.
The 48-year-old was eating with members of her family when she collapsed at the Teesside Park, Stockton, outlet at 6.30pm on Wednesday.
A Frankie & Benny's spokesman said the guest "became unwell and passed away in the bathroom of our Stockton restaurant".
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Other diners tried to help her after her airway became blocked, then paramedics arrived but they were unable to save her. Ambulance staff called police to the scene after the woman died.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "A 48-year-old woman who attended the restaurant with members of her family is believed to have collapsed, suffering from an obstructed airway.
"Efforts to resuscitate the female by other diners and subsequently by the ambulance crew failed.
"Cleveland Police would like to extend condolences to the family of the deceased."
A Frankie & Benny's spokesman added: "The emergency services arrived promptly but were unable to revive her.
"Our condolences go out to the family."