Jim Hearst’s loved ones blame the city workers’ strike for his death by an apparent heart attack, saying an ambulance did not come to his aid for at least 30 minutes despite three 9-1-1 calls.

The city says ambulance response times for high-priority urgent calls have not been affected by the walkout, even though under an essential services agreement the service is running at 75 per cent staffing.

A city spokesman said he was unable to provide details on Hearst’s case despite first being asked about it last Thursday.

Hearst was stricken on June 25. The 50-year-old had walked into his apartment building near Yonge and Wellesley streets just after 11 p.m. when he fell and hit his head.

Neighbours rushed to help and called 9--11, said Hearst’s partner of eight years, Alejandro Martinez, who was away in New York at the time.

A few minutes later, Garrett Flynn and Manuel Rodriguez wandered into the building on Alexander Street and rushed to help.

They were told an ambulance had been called and Rodriguez called building security.

Rodriguez estimates the paramedics finally arrived at 11:45 p.m.

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