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Texas Rangers fan dies from fall reaching for ball
Firefighter Rangers fan dies, fell 20 feet to concrete reaching for ball tossed by player
By The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ' The family of the man who died at a Texas Rangers baseball game has released a statement expressing appreciation for the support they have received.

Shannon Stone died Thursday night at a hospital. He was at the game with his 6-year-old son. He was reaching for a foul ball tossed to him by Rangers star Josh Hamilton when he tumbled over an outfield railing and plunged 20 feet onto concrete.

The 39-year-old firefighter from Brownwood died at a hospital a short time later. He leaves a 36-year-old wife along with his son.

Melanie Larose, a family friend, released a statement on behalf of the family Friday that says they are devastated by the tragedy. The family thanked everyone for their support and asked for privacy.


AP freelance writer Ken Sins in Arlington and Associated Press writers Linda Ball and Diana Heidgerd in Dallas contributed to this report.

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