A man died after falling from the upper deck of Atlanta’s Turner Field during a game.
Gregory Murrey fell from the stands during the seventh inning of Braves-New York Yankees game as the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez was walking to home plate.
“Gregory ‘Ace’ Murrey was a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend to many,” his family said, as reported by CNN. “He dearly loved his family, Atlanta, and the Atlanta Braves. Greg was a season ticket holder with the same seats for 23 years. The night Greg passed away, he was doing one of his favorite things — watching the Braves.
“At this time, the family wishes for you to respect their privacy as they mourn the less of such an extraordinarily wonderful man.”
Murrey’s son, Jason, said that his father “dearly loved his family, the city of Atlanta and the Atlanta Braves.”
According to NBC News, the team said in a statement, “The Atlanta Braves are deeply saddened by the loss of Greg Murrey at last night’s game. This tragic loss is felt throughout Brave Country, and the thoughts and prayers of the entire Braves organization continue to go out to his family and friends.”
Dr. Joseph Ricotta, one of the spectators during the game who was sitting one section away, said he noticed an unresponsive man and rushed to his aid. Ricotta, a vascular surgeon, tried to treat Murrey until the paramedics arrived.
“I think that like everybody else you’re in a state of shock and disbelief,” Ricotta said.
The paramedics applied CPR to Murrey during the game. He was then transported to the Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
“It’s one of those things that you hope you never see or experience,” Ricotta said, according to ABC News. “And I certainly hope I never see or experience it again.”
“I thought it was a fight at first but it wasn’t a fight,” Ron Johnson, who was at the game, said. “EMS was doing chest compressions for about 20 minutes.”
Murrey’s death is not the first one to have occurred at the stadium by a fall. In 2013, a fan committed suicide when he jumped from the stands during the Braves-Phillies game. Another man under the influence of alcohol died after an accidental fall in 2008.
The cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy will be conducted Sunday, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said. While the circumstances surrounding Murrey’s death are being investigated, no foul play has been suspected.
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