A man died earlier this week after passing out at the Ashby BART station. Photo: Michael Patrick

Update, Aug. 15, 4:30 p.m. Authorities have identified the man who died after having health complications at the Ashby BART station Tuesday as 54-year-old Keith Golson of Berkeley.

Original story, Aug. 14, 1 p.m. A man died this week after passing out at the Ashby BART station in South Berkeley, authorities reported Wednesday.

The incident took place just before 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to BART.

Tuesday night, the Berkeley Fire Department responded to the west lot of the Ashby BART station for a report of a sick man who had passed out.

BART officers also responded and found a transient man and his wife at the north end of the lot, by Ashby Avenue.

The woman said her husband suffered from a number of medical issues, including heart problems, respiratory problems and low blood sugar.

The couple had been resting on the ground when the man sat up and told his wife he felt light-headed. He then passed out and fell on top of her.

The man was taken by ambulance to Alta Bates Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

According to BART, there are no signs of foul play and the man’s death appears to be attributable to pre-existing medical conditions.

BART Police Lt. Steve Coontz said the husband and wife were transients who frequent the Berkeley area. He said an official release of the man’s name would have to come from the coroner’s office.

The Alameda County coroner’s office has not yet responded to a request for the man’s name, but Berkeleyside will update this story if that information becomes available.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist of the Year...