Manayunk resident, 49, dies while riding along the towpath

Updated: Philadelphia Police have not yet identified the man who died while riding his bike along the Manayunk Towpath Tuesday night but they have confirmed that he was a 49-year-old resident of Manayunk.

“We have what appears to be a biker who was riding on the path and who may have fallen off his bike, struck his head in the process and is now deceased,” said 5th District Capt. John Cerrone on Tuesday night. “Early indications are that he was seen riding along the path and may have become disoriented. We don’t know if he had a physical malady or if the heat took a toll.”

Police say the man was found face down next to his bike on the path near Fountain and Umbria streets at 3:30 p.m. He was pronounced dead on the scene, after a nurse using the trail tried to revive him through CPR.

According to police records, it’s unclear whether or not the man was wearing a helmet at the time.

A portion of the trail was shut down on Tuesday night while detectives investigated the incident.

NewsWorks will update this story as more information becomes available.

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