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On Sunday, Heinz Field was rocking as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys delivered one of the best games of the year—a game in which the outcome wasn’t decided until the final seconds of regulation.
In the stands, however, a different story was unfolding as a fight broke out between a Steelers fan and a Cowboys fan, that ultimately led to a Steelers fan being knocked unconscious and found dead the following day.
“Pittsburgh police said the man, identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office as 44-year-old William Laughlin, sustained a head injury during the incident as he was leaving the stadium. Witnesses tell Channel 11 News that Laughlin — a Steelers fan — was fighting with a Cowboys fan.
“It’s shocking because Pittsburgh is known to be a very friendly city and, like, I’ve never heard of anything like that happening in the stadium,” Pittsburgh resident Stepan Gusak said.
According to Channel 11′s police sources, the fight included smack-talking and happened on a ramp inside Heinz Field, where Laughlin was punched and knocked unconscious.
Investigators are reviewing surveillance video from the stadium. No suspects have been identified.
Police sources said that after the fight, Laughlin went out drinking before returning to his Baldwin home and going to sleep. He never woke up.
“I can’t believe someone got into a fight at a football game that caused them to die. That’s awful,” Tom Jackson, of Pittsburgh, said.”