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Fan dies after suffering cardiac arrest at Blue Jays-White Sox game

Kevin Kaduk
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Real life interrupted the Chicago White Sox-Toronto Blue Jays game in the worst kind of way at Rogers Centre on Thursday night.

A fan sitting down the third base line was pronounced dead  at a Toronto hospital after suffering a heart attack in the seventh inning of the game. The contest was halted for at least five minutes after Chicago third baseman Kevin Youkilis noticed the man receiving CPR in the stands. Players from both sides stood in somber fashion on the field and on the top steps of their dugouts as the man received medical attention.

The man, whose name and age is not known, was loaded onto a cart on the field and a paramedic continued to work on him even as the vehicle drove off the field toward a waiting ambulance.The game was later resumed with the White Sox scoring four runs in the top of the eighth to seal a 7-2 victory. The AP later reported that it was the second time this season that a fan received CPR at a Blue Jays game with the first instance taking place on June 29.

"I saw some medics jump out around the dugout and run over," Youkilis told reporters after the game. "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 they next thing you know, they kept going and going. I was like 'God, man. We've got to stop this (game),' and luckily we did.

A fan who was at the game posted his account of the sad scene on South Side Sox:

From what I saw the head of security got on the field and told Youk to tell the umpires what was up. They needed to get the cart on the field for easiest access. Youk removed his cap and was visibly shaken as he watched. He stood there with his mouth a bit open and his eyes kinda wide. I could see he, along with everyone was trying to will the guy to pull through ...  Fans were kind of confused when the cart was starting to pull away as the medics gave CPR while running along with the cart. Some wanted to applaud as if to say "keep fighting" but others were like, "uh it's not looking good." A tragic situation altogether.

A tragic situation, indeed. As Jim Margalus of South Side Sox said, the worst thing that should happen at the ballpark should be watching your team lose ... not another person lose his life.

Our thoughts are with the man and his family.

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