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Fan Dies After Fall at Giants Game

September 18, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A fan attending a Giants game fell to his death from the elevated right-field wall at Pacific Bell Park.

The man attempted to climb down the outside of the wall to retrieve something he dropped onto the walkway 24 feet below during the eighth inning Wednesday night, according to witnesses.

He slipped and fell, Giants vice president of communications Staci Slaughter said.

Police and paramedics responded, but the man died from his injuries, Slaughter said. Police did not immediately return phone calls.

``As far as we’re concerned, it was an accident,″ Slaughter said. ``It’s just a tragedy.″

It was the first death at Pacific Bell Park since it opened in 2000. The right-field wall borders McCovey Cove, where long homers land in the water.

The Giants and their fans were unaware of the accident as they celebrated winning their division title moments later.