Cyclist killed while trying to avoid a well-known and 'very aggressive' magpie ...

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A man who died while trying to avoid an aggressive magpie has been identified as 76-year-old grandfather, Alan Seaman.

Mr Seaman was riding in Nicholson Park at Woonona, in Woolongong's north, at about 8.15am on Sunday when the bird attacked.

Witnesses saw the man - who was cycling with two friends - ride off the path in a bid to avoid the magpie, before hitting a fence and being thrown from his bike. 

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A man who died while trying to avoid an aggressive magpie has been identified as 76-year-old grandfather, Alan Seaman

A man who died while trying to avoid an aggressive magpie has been identified as 76-year-old grandfather, Alan Seaman

Witness Nathan Foster said he called Triple-0 while his wife, who was being swooped by the magpie, when Mr Seaman died, performed first aid. 

Mr Seaman was airlifted to St George Hospital in a critical condition and later died in hospital.

Daily Mail Australia understands Mr Seaman may have had a heart attack after coming under attack from the bird.

A local told The Illawarra Star the bird has been a fixture of the area for a few years and he doesn't want to see it moved.

A regular cyclist in the area, Peter Thompson, said he has been attacked by the bird several times.

'Magpies have every right to be here and I don't want to see it moved or killed,' he said.

'But I think something would be helpful, especially after yesterday.'

A local told The Illawarra Star the bird has been a fixture of the area for a few years and he doesn't want to see it moved

A local told The Illawarra Star the bird has been a fixture of the area for a few years and he doesn't want to see it moved 

Not everyone agrees with Mr Thompson - with some locals demanding change from the council. 

Mr Foster said he and his

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