Dale Mooney, a longtime New England Patriots fan and father of two, Dale Mooney, 53, died Sunday after an incident at Gillette Stadium during a Patriots-Miami Dolphins game.
A witness claims Mooney was involved in an altercation and was punched in the face and knocked unconscious by a Dolphins fan. The witness says Mooney never regained consciousness.
After being treated by EMTs at the scene, Mooney was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead shortly before midnight.
Tragedy: a long time ago #Patriots fan died on Sunday evening during the match after being struck by a #Dolphins fan and hit his head on the ground, causing him to lose consciousness and never regain it.
The fan, Dale Mooney, was a 30-year season ticket holder and was at the game with his… pic.twitter.com/4nT9cQnv9k
— JPAFootball (@jasrifootball) September 19, 2023
The New York Post reports:
An onlooker has now claimed he witnessed a physical altercation between Mooney and a Dolphins fan.
“The Dolphins fan walks up to him and obviously punches him in the face,” Joey Kilmartin of Nashua, New Hampshire told MassLive. “(He) gets knocked out and you can tell right away that he’s not doing well.”
Kilmartin told the news station that Mooney also got into a physical confrontation with other fans toward the end of the fourth quarter.
He said Mooney never regained consciousness after being punched and EMTs performed CPR on him before rushing him to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.
Kilmartin told WCVB: “He actually grabbed another fan. They started wrestling around for a few minutes. At one point another fan walked up. He hit him… and the man just walked out. It was quite difficult to watch.”
Mooney’s wife, Lisa, told WCVB, “I want to know what happened. What caused this? I just don’t understand why people have to go to that extreme. Why can’t it just be fun? That’s all it’s supposed to be: a fun family event.”
Massachusetts State Police are investigating but have not clarified whether his death was related to an altercation.
An autopsy is pending.