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Fan Dies After Falling From Turner Field Upper Deck During Yanks-Braves Game
Tragedy struck the sports world on Saturday when an Atlanta Braves fan died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field during the seventh inning of a game against the New York Yankees.
The fan, who was identified as 60-year-old Gregory Murrey of Alpharetta, Georgia, was seated in section 401 behind home plate when , as witnesses have stated, he stood up to yell at Yanks slugger Alex Rodriguez, lost his balance, and fell over the railing.
A fan, who didn’t want to be named, in section 401, told NJ Advance Media the victim was apparently drunk and was screaming at the Yankees when A-Rod came to bat. The fan said the victim flew over her and her two sisters from a row behind her and barely touched them as he went.
The man was in the second row of section 401. It was almost as if he jumped, she said.
Murrey landed on the concrete between the two sections below him. He was immediately attended to by approximately 20 EMTs, who performed CPR for 5-7 minutes before rushing him to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The Atlanta Braves released the following statement Saturday night:
Statement from the Atlanta Braves: pic.twitter.com/WvmeT8BaSr
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 30, 2015
This is just the latest fatal fall to take place at Turner Field. In 2013, 30-year-old Ronald Lee Homer Jr. died after falling 65-feet from a fourth-level walkway during a rain delay. And in 2008, Justin Hayes died from head injuries suffered after he fell down the stadium’s stairwell.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gregory Murrey’s family and friends.
Hat Tip – [NJ.com]