Autopsy Reveals 53-Year-Old’s Death Was Not Due to Blows to the Head From Patriots vs. Dolphins Fans’ Brawl

Published 09/22/2023, 11:16 AM EDT

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Tragic circumstances unfolded during a recent New England Patriots game when a fan, Dale Mooney, passed away after being involved in a physical altercation. The incident occurred during a Patriots-Miami Dolphins game at Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts last weekend. Although initial reports suggested a sucker-punch as the cause of his death, authorities have now revealed a different narrative.

A video is present online that shows it was not a one way fight. Trading of punches were mutual. However, Mooney got hit twice in his head during this altercation. Those two blows are major and then Mooney collapses. This is the starting point which lead to really horrific consequences.

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According to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, preliminary autopsy results did not indicate any traumatic injury but rather pointed to a medical issue as the potential cause of Dale Mooney’s death. However, further testing is required to determine the exact cause and manner of his passing. The specific medical issue has not been disclosed by the authorities.

The incident transpired when Mooney got into a physical confrontation with a group of other men, as witnessed by Joey Kilmartin, who described it as mutual combat. It was during this altercation that a Dolphins fan allegedly struck Mooney twice in the head. Shockingly, Mooney collapsed after the punches and was unable to get up.

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Despite being rushed to a nearby hospital, Mooney was later pronounced dead.


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Investigation on the case

Authorities have been diligently investigating the incident, analyzing multiple video angles capturing the scuffle. They have called upon any witnesses who haven’t been interviewed yet to come forward.

As of now, it remains uncertain whether any charges will be filed in connection with Mooney’s tragic death. The identity of the individual who delivered the fatal blow has not been publicly disclosed.


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In the midst of this heartbreaking situation, Mooney’s wife, Lisa Mooney, who mentioned her husband’s 30-year history as a Patriots season ticket holder, seeks answers about the circumstances leading to his demise. Gillette Stadium officials expressed their condolences, stating they are working closely with local authorities to aid in the ongoing investigation while extending their deepest sympathies to Dale Mooney’s family and all those affected by this tragic loss.

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