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Tragedy at Gillette Stadium: Longtime Patriots Fan Dies After Alleged Altercation with Rival Fan

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Key takeaways:

  • Dale Mooney, 53, of New Hampshire, died during a Patriots game on Sunday
  • Witness reported Mooney was punched in the head twice during an altercation
  • No arrests have been made and the matter remains under active investigation

Officials are investigating the death of a longtime New England Patriots fan who died during a home game on Sunday, after a witness reported that the fan was punched in the head twice during a heated altercation with a rival fan.

Dale Mooney, 53, of New Hampshire, was attending the Patriots game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, when he “suffered an apparent medical event” during the fourth quarter, according to the Massachusetts State Police.

Witness Joe Kilmartin said that a fan in a Dolphins jersey reached over and punched Mooney twice in the face. The Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Monday that Mooney was “in apparent need of medical attention” at the time.

The district attorney’s office said Tuesday night that there have been no arrests in the case, and that the matter remains under active investigation. Patriots and Gillette Stadium officials have expressed their condolences and are working with local authorities to assist in the investigation.

The tragedy has sparked an outpouring of support from Patriots fans, who have been sharing their condolences on social media. Mooney’s death has also raised questions about fan safety at sporting events, and the need for increased security measures to ensure the safety of all attendees.

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