Cubs Fan Dies From Fall at Wrigley Field; Autopsy Results Released



A fan at Wrigley Field for Tuesday night’s Chicago Cubs 9-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds fell over a ballpark railing; suffering a lethal blow. At 11 p.m. central Tuesday night, Richard E. Garrity, a 42-year-old Wheaton resident, fell over a protective railing as he was exiting the stadium and died the next day due to head trauma.

County records reveal that he was pronounced dead at 3:33 p.m. Wednesday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

The passionate Cubs fan and Marketing Manager for Heineken was at Wrigley Field for a work event Tuesday night.

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On Thursday autopsy results revealed Garrity’s official cause of death- skull and brain injuries suffered from an accidental fall as he was exiting Wrigley Field that night.

He is survived by his father, wife and two children, ages five and nine. There is still a lot of confusion surrounding what transpired at Wrigley Field that night, and more details will likely soon emerge, as an investigation is underway.

Via CBS Chicago:

Wrigleyville Alderman Tom Tunney said the baseball team is keeping contact during its internal investigation.

“The Cubs have proven they do things right and they are certainly the most at-risk at whether it is inside or exterior and I know that they have all their safety experts and team not only on this case, but every day along the ballpark,” Ald. Tunney said.


The CBS report also mentions includes reaction from the man’s father Richard Garrity Sr. who was reportedly too distraught to discuss considering any legal action at this time.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports and TheBank.News, partnered with FOX Sports Engage Network. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC, Chicago and Bold, currently contributes to WGN CLTV and KOZN

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