On Sunday, October 4, a fan died at a Bengals game after collapsing in a stadium restroom.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Springfield, Missouri man, who has not been identified, was attending the Cincinnati Bengals game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday when he collapsed in a men’s restroom after suffering an apparent heart attack. Bengals spokesman Bob Bedinghaus said the fan had a pre-existing medical condition.
The incident was reported to the authorities sometime during the second half of the Bengals game, just after 3:00 p.m.. The police and the stadium first care responded to the incident, where paramedics attempted to revive him. When that didn’t work, the man was taken by ambulance to Christ Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The fan’s identity has not been released, pending notification of his family. More information will be added to this story as it becomes available. The Bengals beat the Chiefs 36-21.
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This isn’t the first time a fan has died during a sporting event. In August, a man fell from the upper deck of Atlanta’s Turner Field during the Braves-Yankees game, CNN reports. The man, believed to be in his 60s, apparently tumbled head first out of the stands during the seventh inning of the game as Alex Rodriguez was stepping to the plate as a pinch-hitter, landing on the walkway in front of a row of fans.
“When they called A-Rod coming to bat, he got all excited, and his momentum took him over (the railing),” fan Marty Burns said, according to the New York Daily News.
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At the time, investigators were still trying to determine what led to the man’s fall. They do not believe foul play was involved. The fan was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The game continued, despite the grizzly scene, with several fans choosing to stay in their original seats rather than moving to another area of the stadium.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office later identified the man as Gregory Murrey, of Alpharetta, Georgia. Murrey was said to have been a longtime season ticket holder, and a passionate Braves fan.
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“The Atlanta Braves are deeply saddened by the loss of Greg Murrey at last night’s game,” the Braves said in a statement. “Greg was a valued and longtime season ticket holder and an incredibly passionate Braves fan. This tragic loss is felt throughout Braves Country, and the thoughts and prayers of the entire Braves organization continue to go out to his family and friends.”
“That’s really sad, that something like that can happen at a ballpark,” usher Joe Girardi said. “Our prayers go out to the family. It’s really sad. “
Murrey’s death marked the third death to occur at Turner Field in only eight seasons. A fan died at Turner Field on August 12, 2013, after falling 85 feet from a walkway on the fourth level of the stadium. He was identified as Ronald Lee Homer Jr., 30, and his death was ruled as a suicide.
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