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Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 08/31/2012

Texans fan dies after escalator fall at Reliant Stadium


(Dave Einsel - AP)
A 25-year-old football fan died Thursday when he fell five floors after tumbling off an escalator at Reliant Stadium during the Houston Texans’ final preseason game.

Houston Police Department spokesman John Cannon told the Associated Press that the man, later identified as John Kelly, fell from the fifth-floor escalator to the ground floor.

“He 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.”

Kelly, who was identified by the Harris County Institute of Foresnsic Sciences, was believed to be horsing around on the escalators when he fell, police said. Cannon initially said police believed the death to be accidental.

The Houston Medical Examiner’s Office Web site confirmed Kelly died in a Houston emergency room.

The death is the second to occur at a major professional sporting event in Texas in 13 months. Last July Texas Rangers fan Shannon Stone plummeted 20 feet to his death while trying to catch a ball behind the outfield wall.

In April, the Rangers unveiled a statue of Stone and his 7-year-old son Cooper outside the home-place entrance to Rangers Ballpark.

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