Michael Moses Ward, Birdie Africa, 41 – Alcohol Related Death, Carnival Dream Passenger, September 20, 2013, Time of Death 8:50.
Michael Moses Ward AKA Birdie Africa, 41, was on the last day of Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Dream on September 13, 2013 when he was found dead in the cruise ship hot tub on Friday, September 20, 2013.
Carnival Dream Cruise ship and pronounced dead in the ship’s infirmary. An autopsy report by the Brevard County medical examiner concluded the cause of Michael Moses Ward death was “drowning due to acute ethyl alcohol intoxication.” during a Caribbean cruiseafter the autopsy toxicology report revealed that Michael Moses Ward had a blood-alcohol level of 0.156 percent when he was found dead in the cruise ship hot tub.
Michael Moses Ward was sailing with a group of family, including his parents and friends and had been drinking heavily with at least one member of the group up until 7 pm when the friend lit a cigar for him. Heavily intoxicated, Ward was left alone by members of his party to sit in the hot tub, where he later was found at the bottom of the hot tub and subsequently pronounced death at 8:50 pm.
Ward’a party may have been celebrating the movie distribution of the documentary “Let The Fire Burn” which had been preparing for a distribution release two weeks later on October 2, 2013. “Let The Fire Burn” had been seen at Canada’s Hot Docs Festival on April 29, 2013 and at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 5, 2013.
Let The Fire Burn was a 95-minute-long movie about the May 13, 1985 police bombing of a house he lived in when he was 13-years-old which was located at 6221 Osage Avenue in the Cobbs Creek area of West Philadelphia. A Pennsylvania State Police helicopter dropped two one-pound bombs made from FBI-supplied explosives during a police fire fight and stand off with the residents of the home who were said to be members of MOVE Organization, an armed Philadelphia-based black liberation group founded by John Africa. The bombing destroyed approximately 61 houses in the row house neighborhood, killing 11 citizens which included five children and six adults.
Nine members of MOVE were in prison and still not paroled as of this date.
An interview given by Ward’s father, Andino Ward, 60, spoke about the details of his son’s death on Carnival Dream. Information provided to Andino Ward by another unrelated cruise ship passenger, blames other unrelated passengers who were standing around the hot tub without responding. When the Carnival Dream personnel were alerted to his body in the bottom of the hot tub, they responded promptly to the incident in a professional and appropriate manner.