While asleep in his bed Wednesday night 45-year-old Joao Maria de Souza was crushed when a cow fell through the roof of his home in Caratinga, Brazil. Investigators believe the cow escaped from a nearby farm and was grazing on a hill behind de Souza's home.

As the cow was grazing it stepped onto the corrugated roof above the bedroom of de Souza and his wife who were peacefully sleeping below the cow's hooves. The weight of the cow was too much for the roof and the animal fell eight-feet onto the spot where de Souza was sleeping. De Souza's wife and the cow are reported to be unharmed.

De Souza's wife rushed her husband to the hospital but he died of internal injuries. The family of Joao de Souza is outraged by the way their love one died. They say it was not the cow that killed him but the amount of time de Souza spent waiting to be seen by doctors.

Joao's brother told USA Today, "Being crushed by a cow is the last way you expect to leave this earth. But in my view it wasn't the cow that killed our Joao, it was the unacceptable time he spent waiting to be examined."

This is the third incident of a cow falling through a roof this year. The BBC says similar instances saw a cow fall through the roof of an empty house. In another the cow fell and landed inches away from a sleeping child and baby. Nobody was hurt in that case.

The area of Brazil where the cow fell through the roof is known for large cattle raising farms.

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