Thanks to all-star tipster Ector (like Hector, but with a Cockney accent) for pointing out a particularly sad story in San Francisco, where a 49ers fan not only died, but also watched nearly half of the Niners' pitiful loss to the Vikings. The unidentified man, 31, left the stands just before halftime and walked out onto the upper concourse.
Police said he climbed up to sit on a ramp wall but misjudged the wall and plummeted 20 feet to the mezzanine level, landing on his head. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. [...]
Authorities said it was the first death at Monster Park — formerly known as Candlestick Park — since two fans fell to the death in the 1980s. One of those fatalities was a man who attempted to ride a dumpster down the concourse and the second when a fan tumbled on a rainy day from the upper deck while booing then manager Frank Robinson following a San Francisco Giants loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Those two deaths are tragic, yes, but at least the fans died doing something they loved, something noble. Kind of like our fallen soldiers in Iraq. Except, y'know… with dumpsters.