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MLB Fan Dies After Receiving CPR At Blue Jays Game

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A baseball fan died at a local hospital after going into cardiac arrest in Toronto at a Blue Jays/White Sox game. He has yet to be identified publicly, but his death shocked and saddened those in attendance.

“I saw some medics jump out around the dugout and run over,” White Sox third-baseman Kevin Youkilis said. “Then I saw a doctor or whoever was going, just pushing on the chest over and over and over. I thought maybe they were reviving him and then the next thing you know, they kept going and going. I was like `God, man. We’ve got to stop this thing.”‘

The game was halted for about five minutes as the man was given first aid; he was taken away through the left gate by a cart which rode onto the field.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the person who was taken out of here tonight,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.

Fans and players alike said prayers for the man; some were clearly shaken by the incident. Sadly, this isn’t the first time a fan has been given CPR at a Blue Jays game. Hopefully it will be the last.

Image credit: Local8Now

MLB Fan Dies After Receiving CPR At Blue Jays Game
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  • steve e.

    Did this man have a history of heart disease or not? That wasn’t mentioned and it would be of some significance, to know that there was no warning.

    • think before speak

      right because if they dont know his identity they sure must have his medical history. and they would make that public info if they had it because why ? Durrrrrr Way to go trying to be the concerned citizen.

      • ISeriouslyDon’tCareAboutYou

        Hey, just when you think no douchebag comments, you pop up!

        Congrats.

        • Maria B

          Grow up! Your language is disgusting, ignorant, and low class.

    • John

      Do you have a history of stupidity? Because that would be of significance, to know that there was no warning for us.

  • CATHY

    History or not it could have simply been sudden death. Many times the first sign of heart disease is sudden death. We get CPRs in from all kinds of places. Saddest ones are when the father of the bride collapses at the reception. I’ve worked at least two of those.

  • rick

    Sad for the mans family, but I hope I go out doing something I love like he did.

  • kevin

    He probably finally said geez kill me already the Blue Jays suck.

    • David

      R U 12 or what?

  • TDB

    There are instances where it is your time to go. Some of the healthiest people have had heart attacks. A friend of mine was a healthy eater, did not smoke, did not drink and took care of himself physically. The Dr. gave him a clean bill of health, a few weeks later he was out with his wife and he had a heart attack. He was in his mid 50′s. Do not judge a person by their appearance they could be healthier than you, be it fat or skinny.

  • Paul

    When I read the headline, I just kind of assumed that Josh Hamilton was involved somehow.

    • David

      You last 4 are mental midgets!

  • Jake

    Go White Sox!!!!!

    • Dennis

      RON PAUL 2012

      • Pendy

        Fool. A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Chairman 0. Do you not remember that little third party weasel L. Ross Perot, without whom we would not have been subjected to the Clintons?

      • Theresa

        GO WHITE SOX? YPU’RE AN ASSHOLE

  • lymosier

    Very sad indeed, but he probably went out while having the time of his life at a baseball game. Not a bad way to go.

  • Jim

    Hey White Sox fan i would like to meet you i am a Canadian and would not wish that to happen to anyone at any park.It is people like you that give Americans a bad name if you got the balls e-mail me and i will be glad to meet you and tell you to your face what a f—–n idiot you are. My mail is storlaj@yahoo.com and my name is Jim.

  • dc

    WAS THERE AN AED IN THAT BALLPARK, I KNOW THAT THE ST LOUIS CARDINALS STADIUM BUSCH DOES NOT HAVE THEM, POSSIBLE ONE BUT THE FASTER YOU GET THE AED ON THEM THE BETTER CHANCE THEY HAVE AT SURVIVAL. THEY SHOULD HAVE THEM AT ALL BALLPARKS

    • RD

      AED’s are indeed available at Busch Stadium. The stadium is staffed by off duty paramedics and EMT’s from the City of ST. Louis and Abbott Ambulance service.

    • joe dirt

      an AED was used with no result, from what I’ve read in other places it was a massive heart failure, might have died if he had been at the hospital when it happened. Not all heart attacks are recoverable from.

  • wesley

    have some class ppl a man died,r.i.p

  • David

    I cannot think of a better way to go than at an MLB game. My hat’s off to him. I would hope that i could be so fortunate when it’s my time to go!!!

  • LINDA G.

    I READ THIS TRAGEDY STORY,MY PRAYERS GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY.WHAT I DON’T UNDERSTAND IS SOME OF THE REMARKS THAT ARE POSTED. A HUMAN BEING LOST THEIR LIFE,AND THE FOLKS, THE CHRILDREN WITNESS THIS TRAGEDY. ALL I CAN POST IS THIS WHEN ITS YOUR TURN I HOPE AND THAT NO ONE MAKES DISTASTEFUL REMARKS ABOUT YOUR DEATH. JUST STOP AND THIK HOW THESE REMARKS HURT HIS FAMILY.(especially chrildren,and grand-chrildren. PLEASE,PLEASE STOP AND THINK.WORDS CAN HURT!

    • Linda Richard

      Just remember when you write something That God doesn’t like ugly!!

  • Tommy J

    Thoughts and prayers to the family

    I wonder though, would the care have been better in an American ball park, where the government does not (yet) interfere with health care issues?

    • Norm

      You’re an idiot.

    • george

      way to go tommy j, let’s turn this into politics. you must be one of those right-wing biggots.

  • Dr. Dosa Reality

    “but his death shocked and saddened those in attendance.”

    Why is death “shocking?” Do people assume they will all live forever? Are people SHOCKED when a baby is born? I doubt it. They understand the process quite well. And then there is something called the END of life’s journey. Why are people always SHOCKED when someone dies? Was it merely because it happened at a baseball game? Newsflash: When your number is up it’s up. It can happen when you least expect it, and at any age.

    I think reporters cause this strange reaction by writing things like people were SHOCKED. Sad? Sure. Caught off guard, of course. But SHOCKED? Why?

    • frank

      HEY ASSHOLE! SHOCKED AND SADDENED BECAUSE THEY ARE AT A BASEBALL GAME AND SOMEBODY DIED! IT’S NOT LIKE PEOPLE ARE DYING ON A REGULAR BASIS AT BALLGAMES YOU IDIOT!

      • voxu

        I will, (without calling you anything derogatory but you clearly deserve it), refer you to the comment above, posted by Kaeli. About the only thing “shocking” is that MORE people don’t die given the numbers assembled at any single sporting event. That is not meant to take anything from the family members, onlookers, or players. It’s sad yes, shocking, no, and questionably newsworthy

      • Elmo

        Frank, if anyone out there is an asshole or an idiot, try looking in the mirror. Dr Dosa’s comment is SPOT ON! Do you really think everyone lives forever? The minute we’re born death is a possibility, so why treat it with such amazement when it happens? You need to get your head out of the sand.

    • allen

      i would be shocked if someone died at a baseball game. when you go to a game you arent expecting to see someone drop dead. true- people die all the time and at any place, but that doesn’t make it less shocking.

      • schawnf

        if it was your mom,dad,sister or brother i think you would have a different outlook on this.being insensitive about it just cuz it happens to someone you dont know is just wrong and thats all this comes down to, insensitive, self centered (*&holes. hope one day you guys dont have to feel the pain of loosing someone only to see the world not give a %$#k and THEN undersell it.

      • Kaeli McCarthy

        Thank you! A voice of reason! I can’t believe the cold comments people make. Geez.

    • Andy

      you sir, are a heartless son of a bitch

    • joe dirt

      people may not be shocked when the baby is born, but teenagers all over shock people when they say they are pregnant!

      And I don’t think its “shock” that they died, but most of the world has never been exposed to death or major injury, and the majority can’t handle the stress involved with being a witness to it.

  • http://Yahoo Johnie

    Such stupid comments!!!! When it’s time to go…..you just go. We all will do the same someday…somewhere.

    • thee oll gunslinger

      I’m never going to die

  • JPEG LeHane

    MEDICARE IS DEAD! MEDICARE IS DEAD! MITT ROMNEY WANTS TO KILL MEDICARE! IF MITT RMNEY WINS MEDICARE IS DEAD! ROMNEY IS A LIAR- LOOK AT LITERALLY ANYTHING HE’S SAID AT ANYTIME WHILE RUNNING FOR ANY OFFICE-HE IS A LIAR-A SIMPLE LIAR-NOTHING FANCY, A LIAR-HE CHANGES POSITIONS SOMETIMES WITHIN HOURS-PEOPLE DO NOT BE DUMB ENOUGH TO FALL FOR THESE SAME LIES AGAIN, IF YOU DO WE PROBABLY CANNOT TAKE THE REPERCUSSIONS AGAIN-DO NOT DESTROY AMERICA PLEASE PEOPLE-REELECT THE PRESIDENT

    • Bob Turner

      JPEG… I swear. If only people like you would deal with facts. First off, Medicare must be reformed or it’s going bankrupt. Second, Obama has cut $700 BILLION out of Medicare for his socialist Obamacare program. These are facts… So please, stop with the hysterics and deal in fact…not emotion. As a lib, I know that’s hard for you so suffice to say, the economics class you missed… Please do the math. With Obama we’re Greece…plain and simple.

      • Whatwait10

        Where Greece? Get of here. If you want facts go back to the George Bush era. Fact is he ran us into the ground and knew the repercussions but he didn’t care he wanted to avenge his father. This crisis America is in wasn’t done by one man in four years (Obama), it was created by a man in office for 8 years (Bush). That’s a fact!! Here’s another fact, no matter who is elected president we are still in for a economic battle. The most important fact, once we as a Nation get back to taking responsibility for our own actions and not blame others or ONE person we will continue to fail.

        • Effat

          Bob Turner-I am happy you did not miss your economic class,anyway commonsense would prove that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Obama’s plan wasn’t a 4 year plan, the results if continued would be seen later on. The deficit now, which was already there might i add, would steadly grow to a profit within a few more years of reform if given the opportunity.Present day America problems!Bush’s LEGACY.
          *My prayers to the family of the MLB fan.

    • http://Yahoo JJ

      Really?? An OBAMA is not a liar? That man could not tell the truth if his life depended on it. He has not told the truth to the American people in over 4 years and to Illinois citizens longer than that. How can you tell he is lieing…..his lips are moving and words are coming out……….

  • mark phelps

    it’s not shocking. It’s about probability. When you have thousands of people in a stadium, or anywhere together at once, it is possible someone will die during the game. It’s just math.

    • Kaeli McCarthy

      Cold! Probability is not the point, dude. Yes, statistically these things will happen. The point is that death is always somewhat of a shock, dude, especially when you’re out having a good time. We’re faced with our own mortality.

      • voxu

        Thank you Richard Dawkins.

    • voxu

      Thank you Richard Dawkins. Replied to the incorrect commentor, this is a re-post to the correct poster. Again, Thank you for pointing out the rationality.

  • JPEG LeHane

    AND I JUST REALIZED I POSTED THAT ON AN ARTICLE ABOUT SOME POOR GUY DYING AT A BLUE JAYS GAME, PAGE GOT SWITCHED-VERY SORRY FOR THAT BUT MITT ROMNEY IS STILL A LIAR-PLEASE DON’T DESTROY AMERICA PEOPLE-PLEASE

  • thee oll gunslinger

    its sad knowing everyone is going to die… except me… and my family… and my pets… and my loved ones

  • jpIII

    Let me some it up in a single word for the people who’ve commented without calling out anyone specifically what they all lack.

    COMPASSION

    I’ve just sent my prayer out to the family.

    • jpIII

      “sum” not “some”

  • boyd

    my deepest sympathy to the family

    • Sam

      Who are you, and why should they care, i could be leaving that comment, and so could thosands of others,,,,it wont make any difference.

  • Sam

    Not just at baseball games, I want the news to start posting stories each and every time somebody dies, whatever the cause, this will give the general public something to do with their time.

  • Effat

    most of the people/person professing to embrace sudden death-could be the BIGGEST cowards,cry like babies at any sign of pain(dont you?

  • Skee

    My prayers are with the family of this man. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Kathy Shanteler

    Prayers to this man’s family. Our family suffered this same experience flying back to LAX from Orlando last month when my husband had to be administered CPR on the plane and the plane did an emergency landing in Texas. He died 30 hours later. I know the horror and the nightmare this man’s family is experiencing, and I am so, so sorry.

    • Lisa Crosby

      Kathy, I’m so sorry you could relate to that man’s family. My husband died also from a heart attack. 39 yrs old,avid runner and exerciser-it was such a shock to my family and our 5 children under the age of 12.It’s been 2 yrs, and I’m not saying it’s been ez, but life has gone on-with young kids there’s no other choice. Our kids have accomplished so much within that time, and we always thank Daddy for helping them learn the skill-soccer, basketball…whatever. He will never be forgotten, and I’m sending my blessings to you and your family. I don’t believe that time heals all wounds-but time and your children continue to give me joy in my life! I hope they’ve all learned to feel lucky he was in their lives for as long as he was! Blessings to the family of the man at the ballgame-and as a fan I’m kind of glad he passed doing what he loved. Blessings to all.

    • Lisa Crosby

      Kathy-of course I meant MY kids give me constant joy in my life. I hope you have something that has made you want to move on, and I hope that for the family of the guy at the Jays game.

  • Mary merkle

    There is some losers on this blog,God Bless the family. and for the losers if you can’t say something good then go crawl in a whole, its not cute you look stupid.

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