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Witness claims ‘violent confrontation’ occurred before Patriots fan’s death at Gillette Stadium



A man who attended the New England Patriots game Sunday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, said he witnessed a “violent confrontation” leading to the death of a fan, according to an interview with WCVB , CNN affiliate.

Dale Mooney, 53, of Newmarket, New Hampshire, died after “an incident” during the New England Patriots’ game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night, the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office said.

Joseph Kilmartin, a Patriots fan who was at the game, told WCVB that he saw Mooney approach a group of fans on the 300 level of the stadium near the end of the fourth quarter.

“He basically grabbed another fan,” Kilmartin said. “They started fighting for a few minutes. At one point another fan arrived. He hit him…and the man came out. It was pretty hard to watch,” Kilmartin said.

Kilmartin declined CNN’s request for an interview.

Foxborough police and firefighters first responded to the incident around 10:57 p.m., when Mooney needed medical attention, the district attorney’s office said in a statement to CNN Monday.

Mooney was transported to Sturdy Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead just before midnight, Massachusetts State Police said in a statement to CNN on Monday.

Police and the Norfolk County District Attorney have opened an investigation. CNN reached out to state police and the prosecutor’s office for comment on the alleged confrontation but did not receive a response.

Mooney’s wife, Lisa, told WCVB that her husband, a 30-year season ticket holder and father of two, went to Gillette Stadium with three friends who later told her they had been “verbally taunted” by other fans during the match.

“It takes a lot to make him angry,” Lisa Mooney said. “He has the patience of a saint. I do not know what happened.

According to Lisa Mooney, her husband had no known health problems that she was aware of.

“I want to know what happened,” Lisa Mooney told WCVB. “What caused this?”

CNN was unable to reach Lisa Mooney for comment.

Autopsy results have not been released and CNN’s calls to the medical examiner were not returned.

“We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic passing of Dale Mooney, a longtime Patriots fan and 30-year season ticket member, who died while attending Sunday night’s Patriots game,” officials said from Gillette Stadium in a press release. “We continue to work with local authorities to assist them in their ongoing investigation. We send our deepest sympathies and condolences to Dale’s family and all those who are mourning his loss.

CNN reached out to the New England Patriots for comment but did not receive a response.