Cubs fan dies after falling over railing at Wrigley Field

Cubs fan dies after falling over railing at Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field (Image: Wrigleyville Nation)

A Wheaton man died a day after falling over a railing and hitting his head while leaving Wrigley Field after Tuesday night’s game, officials said.

Richard E. Garrity, 42, was pronounced dead at 3:33 p.m. Wednesday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.  Garrity was taken by private ambulance to the hospital, police said.

The Cubs said in a statement that Garrity fell as he was leaving the ballpark around 11 p.m.  The game had ended around 10:20 p.m.

“The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization are with his family during this difficult time,” the Cubs statement said.

Garrity, a marketing manager for Heineken, had attended the Cubs game against the Cincinnati Reds as a work outing with colleagues and his wife, according to his father, Richard Garrity Sr.

“He was a great guy, everyone loved him,” Garrity said of his son, who loved golfing and gardening. “When he walked in a room, there were no strangers.”

He said his son was a lifelong Cubs fan.

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