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Tragic photo shows boy, 7, surrounded by toxic dust minutes before death

A chilling image has captured the last moments of a seven-year-old boy’s life, culminating in his tragic death after he ventured into a heap of limestone powder abandoned at the roadside in Brazil.

Arthur Emanuel Bitencourt’s gleeful play amidst the mound was captured on camera as he offered a dual thumbs-up, completely unaware of the impending danger.

Unfortunately, the powder particles he mistakenly breathed caused a deadly poisoning within seconds.

The boy’s serious condition resulted in emergency hospitalisation on August 3 but despite the efforts of medical staff, he was proclaimed dead upon arrival

According to Jornal Razo, Arthur allegedly jumped into the dangerous powder near his family-owned farm in Ipiranga, Paraná, which is located in Brazil’s southern region.

According to regional media sites, medical authorities blamed Arthur’s unexpected death on ingesting the powder.

In memory of Arthur, his family posted his final snapshot on social media, meaning it to be both a tribute and a warning to others.

Arthur’s uncle Romaldo Bitencourt posted the photo, along with the caption: “This photo was the last and taken a few minutes before his tragic death, caused by inhaling limestone, while playing … The memories I will have of you, my dear child, will always be the best.”

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