An NFL fan fell to his death while attending a Houston Texans preseason game on Thursday. The 25-year-old fan fell an estimated 60 feet off an escalator at Reliant Stadium in Houston. The death is being considered accidental.
A view of the field at Houston's Reliant Stadium, where a 25-year-old NFL fan fell to his death on Thursday night.
The fan fell to his death after a game between the Texans and the Minnesota Vikings, according to the Associated Press.
The man was identified as Jonathan Kelly by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, the Houston Chronicle reported.
A Houston police representative, John Cannon, could not verify the circumstances of the fall, as they are still under investigation.
"[The victim] was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital after we had had some fans get the attention of some Houston police officers who were nearby where the body fell," Cannon said.
According to the Houston Medical Examiner's Office, the fan survived the initial fall, but ultimately died in a emergency room at the hospital.
It is likely the operators of Reliant Stadium will take measures to ensure that no more fans can fall from a dangerous height at the arena.
When Shannon Stone fell 20 feet onto concrete from the left field stands at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, last year, the ballpark erected railings across the field. The stadium's operators also commissioned a statue of Stone and his 9-year-old son Cooper in front of the home-plate gate at the park.
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