A fan died at an NFL game Thursday, as a man ejected from the Buffalo Bills game for being intoxicated went missing and was later found face down in a nearby creek.
The fan who died outside the NFL game was reportedly drunk inside the Thursday Night Football game, prompting security to kick him out of Ralph Wilson Stadium. The man, 26-year-old David Gerken of Palmyra, NY, was with his brother and friends at the game against the Miami Dolphins.
After he was ejected, Gerken arranged to meet up with his friends at a nearby bar but never showed up, The Buffalo News reported.
Searchers used a ping on Gerken’s cell phone to find his body in the nearby creek, which is at the bottom of a steep hill outside the stadium, ESPN reported.
The Bills released a statement about the fan who died at the NFL game: “We are deeply saddened to hear of this news this morning. While the loss of life is always tragic, the loss of a young life is even more so. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family. We are currently cooperating with law enforcement officials to find out the details of this unfortunate incident.”
Police noted that it was an especially unruly night at the NFL game. There was a higher than normal number of arrests and medical incidents for intoxicated fans, and police arrested 18 people inside the stadium and many more outside for various offenses.
Police said hypothermia may have played a role in the fan’s death outside the NFL game. Temperatures dipped to 29 degrees in Buffalo overnight. They added that no foul play is suspected.
The fan found dead at the Bills game is not the only fan to die at NFL games this year. In Houston a fan died after falling from an escalator at Reliant Stadium,