By our entertainment editors
20 Oct 2023 at 13:04
Wellness guru Wim Hof must appear in court in the United States next year. A seventeen-year-old girl from the American state of California is said to have drowned due to the ‘Iceman’ method.
The body of seventeen-year-old Madelyn Metzger was found lifeless in a swimming pool in August 2022. Her family then made a connection with Hof through their interest in the ‘Wim Hof method’.
That method is based on exposure to cold water and breathing exercises. The exercises are said to improve the immune system and reduce inflammation. Hof’s son’s company sells the method worldwide as an online course.
The Metzger family wants the 64-year-old Hof to be held liable for the death of their daughter. They also demand damages of approximately 63 million euros.
This is the first time that a judge has heard a case against the Hof. However, there have been accidents before that are said to be related to the ‘Iceman’.
‘Wim Hof is a threat to public health’
In 2016 it was announced that four people had died as a result of Hof’s breathing techniques. “These people did not perform the technique properly. As a result, they started hyperventilating,” Hof told RTL Boulevard at the time.
This year, American investigative journalist Scott Carney, who was previously a big fan of Hof, made a documentary. In it, Carney links the deaths of a total of thirteen people to the practice of the Wim Hof method. Metzger was one of the alleged victims featured in the documentary.
The lawsuit is not so much about the death of one person, says the Metzger family lawyer. “We want to prevent Wim Hof from being allowed to spread his method any longer in California and preferably in the United States as a whole. Wim Hof is a threat to public health.”
Image: Wim Hof
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