Baseball fan killed by ‘blunt force’ of foul ball hit at Los Angeles Dodgers game, says coroner

Jack Rathborn
The Independent

A baseball fan was killed after being struck in the head by a ball at a Los Angeles Dodgers match last August, a coroner has said.

Linda Goldbloom, a mother of three and grandmother of seven, died on August 29, days after attending the MLB game against the San Diego Padres at Dodgers Stadium on August 25.

The coroner’s report, obtained by ESPN’s Outside the Lines, reveals Goldbloom died due to “acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma.”

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Goldbloom’s family confirmed her passing at he time, a statement read: ”While the end came suddenly by a foul ball at Dodgers (sic) Stadium, she had a long beautiful and blessed life.”

The accident occurred towards the end of the match, in the ninth inning, when a Padres batter fouled back a pitch towards Goldbloom’s seat, located slightly towards the first base side from home plate.

“Ushers came down and asked if she was all right, and she said no, then EMT came and rushed her to the hospital -- she threw up in the ambulance,” Goldbloom’s daughter, Jana Brody, revealed.

Goldbloom was largely unresponsibe for three days and eventually passed away after her wish to not be kept alive by machines should her quality of life be irrecoverable.

The Dodgers organisation have so far remained largely silent on the matter, though a brief statement was released this week to ESPN.

It read: “Mr. and Mrs. Goldbloom were great Dodgers fans who regularly attended games. We were deeply saddened by this tragic accident and the passing of Mrs. Goldbloom.

“The matter has been resolved between the Dodgers and the Goldbloom family. We cannot comment further on this matter.”

Brody has since confirmed the family’s intention to establish a fund in memory of her mother to aid victims and families involved in similar incidents in the future.

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