PEOPLE has learned that the former NFL quarterback joined flight attendants and other good Samaritans in coming to the aid of the passenger who suffered an apparent heart attack onboard.
After approaching the man’s family, Tebow, 28, then led the group in prayer, as the flight made its way to Phoenix, where the ill passenger received medical attention. The passenger later died at the hospital, PEOPLE has learned.
Tebow also helped the family get off the plane, picked up their luggage, and went with them to the hospital. He waited with them until they got the news that the man had passed away. The man, in his 60s, was traveling with his wife and her friend.
Passenger Richard Gotti also wrote about the incident on Facebook, saying: “I watched strangers from all over the world and every ethnicity come to the help of this man for over an hour! Then all of a sudden, I observed a guy walking down the aisle. That guy was Tim Tebow.”
“He met with the family as they cried on his shoulder! I watched Tim pray with the entire section of the plane for this man. He made a stand for God in a difficult situation.”
Gotti added that once the plane landed in Phoenix, medial officials were able to revive a pulse in the passenger, who had been unconscious.
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In February this year, Tebow spoke to PEOPLE about helping others, saying: “Our purpose is to bring faith, hope and love to those in their darkest hour of need. And those people are everywhere. You just have to open your eyes to see them.”
Adding: “That’s where you find your purpose helping he people who are around you. And there’s not a person on earth who can’t help someone. It doesn’t matter who you are of what you have. God can use anyone.”