Richard E. Garrity, the man who recently hit his head after falling over a railing at Wrigley Field, has passed away. Garrity fell over a railing at Wrigley Field during Tuesday evening’s matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds while the news of his death did not surface until Thursday morning.
“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,” according to an initial report from the Chicago Tribune.
Garrett, who was a marketing manager with Heineken, was attending the National League Central matchup as part of a work event alongside both his colleagues and wife. However, his wife was not with him at the time of the fatal fall as she first attempted to call him after the game.
“He was a great guy, everyone loved him,” his father, Richard Garrity Sr., said of his son while adding that he was a lifelong Cubs fan, via The Chicago Tribune. “When he walked in a room, there were no strangers.”
The Cubs organization also released an official statement regarding the passing of Garrity. In the statement, the Cubs noted that he fell upon exiting the ballpark around 11 p.m. while the game had previously concluded at approximately 10:20 p.m. on Tuesday evening.
“The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization are with his family during this difficult time,” read the Cubs’ statement.