Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In a statement, Vue International said: “Following an incident which took place on Friday 9 March at our Birmingham cinema, we can confirm that a customer was taken to hospital that evening.”We are saddened to learn that he passed away on Friday 16 March.”A full investigation into the nature of the incident is ongoing.”Our thoughts and condolences are with the family who have our full support and assistance.”Birmingham City Council has begun a health and safety investigation. A man has died following a freak accident involving an electronic footrest on a cinema seat.The man was at the Vue Cinema in Birmingham when he apparently dropped his phone between two reclining seats.As he went to retrieve it, a footrest of a seat came down on his head trapping him and he suffered a cardiac arrest, reports said.Although the footrest was eventually broken off, the man, who was there with his partner, sustained serious injuries and he died a week later.A source told the Birmingham Mail: “The Gold Class seats are electric reclining seats. He bent down to look for his phone. At this point the leg-rest was in an upright position.”But as he stuck his head underneath to have a look, the footrest clamped down onto his head.”He was stuck and panicking. His partner and staff tried to free him but couldn’t.”The chair leg-rest was eventually broken free and he managed to get out.”The ambulance had already been called and was at the scene at this time, and took him to hospital.”West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed it was called to reports of a patient in cardiac arrest.Crews managed to restart the man’s heart and he was taken to the city’s Heartlands Hospital.