Richard Milnes/ShutterstockWim Hof gives instructions to people about to take an ice bath
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 18:32
‘Iceman’ Wim Hof has been held liable in the United States for the death of a 17-year-old girl in August last year. Her father, a lawyer, is demanding compensation of almost 60 million euros from Hof and his company Innerfire BV.
Son Enahm Hof tells NOS that they are very sorry about what happened to the girl, but that the company and his father are not liable for her death. He says the case has no chance.
When Raphael Metzger returned from a dinner party on August 10 last year, he found his daughter Madelyn Rose dead in the pool behind his home in Long Beach, California. An investigation showed that she had no health problems and had not used drugs.
Metzger says his daughter came into contact with Hof’s training method through his mother, which is supposed to make people stronger and healthier. The method consists of breathing exercises where you can lose consciousness for a short time.
His daughter is said to have done the exercises at or in the swimming pool, became unconscious and drowned as a result. Her computer shows that she has searched for the pages with Hof’s method.
Enahm Hof says that when explaining the method, the company always warns to do the exercises in a safe place. “On our website, in our videos, everywhere it says that you should not do our breathing exercises in the water and certainly should not go under water. Not even on a bicycle or in the car, but in a safe place, sitting or lying on the ground.”
The girl’s father has also held her mother, his ex, responsible. “But he also wants to see money, that’s why he comes to us.”
According to Enahm Hof, this has no chance, partly on the formal grounds that the company has not sold any products to residents of California. The case could therefore not be taken up.