Tragedy at Wrigley as Lifelong Cubs Fan Falls to His Death

Richard E. Garrity, 42, suffered head trauma after falling over a railing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 18, 2017 9:45 AM CDT
Cubs Fan Dies in Tragic Accident at Wrigley Field
The Wrigley Field marquee.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

A man who struck his head after tumbling over a railing at Chicago's Wrigley Field has died, reports the AP. The Cook County medical examiner's office says 42-year-old Richard E. Garrity of Wheaton was pronounced dead Wednesday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Authorities say Garrity fell over a railing after Tuesday night's game between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds. Police say he suffered head trauma from the fall. The medical examiner has scheduled an autopsy for Thursday to determine the cause of death.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Garrity was a marketing manager at Heineken and attended the game versus the Reds with some colleagues and his wife. Garrity’s father, who says he was babysitting the couple's two young children while their parents were at the game, notes his son was a lifelong Cubs fan and "a great guy, everyone loved him. When he walked in a room, there were no strangers." (More Wrigley Field stories.)

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