Baseball: Atlanta Braves honour fan who died in stadium fall

Emergency medical staff help attempt to help a fan that fell from the upper deck of Turner Field during the game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees on Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia.  The fall proved fatal.
Emergency medical staff help attempt to help a fan that fell from the upper deck of Turner Field during the game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees on Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia. The fall proved fatal. PHOTO: AFP

ATLANTA, Aug 30, 2015 (AFP) - The Atlanta Braves paid tribute Sunday to Gregory Murrey, a longtime fan who died after falling from an upper deck in the stands at Turner Field.

Murrey, 60, was identified on Sunday morning by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.

"The Atlanta Braves are deeply saddened by the loss of Greg Murrey at last night's game," the Major League Baseball team said in a statement following Saturday's incident. "Greg was a valued and longtime season ticket holder and an incredibly passionate Braves fan. This tragic loss is felt throughout Braves Country, and the thoughts and prayers of the entire Braves organisation continue to go out to his family and friends."

They also recognised Murrey with a moment of silence before Sunday's game against the New York Yankees, displaying his picture on the video scoreboard.

Murrey fell in the top of the seventh inning of the New York Yankees' 3-1 win over the Braves on Saturday night - as Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was walking to home plate to bat amid boos from Braves fans.

Fans seated in the lower section behind home plate where he landed after falling at least 12 metres scattered and paramedics raced to treat him.

Lieutenant Charles Hampton of the Atlanta Police Department said police do not suspect foul play.

Braves president John Schuerholz said grief counsellors have been made available to players' friends and family members who witnessed the fall.

"It's just sad, and we're all dealing with the sadness and the tragedy of it for the gentleman's family and anybody who happened to witness it," Schuerholz said. "It's difficult, and that's what our focus is now."

Murrey's fall wasn't the first fatality at Turner Field.

In 2013, Ronald Lee Homer Jnr died after climbing over a railing at the ballpark and leaping to his death in a parking lot in a death ruled a suicide.

In 2008, 25-year-old Justin Hayes died of head injries after falling four levels down a stairwell during a game.