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Blue Jackets Goalie Matiss Kivlenieks, 24, Dies in 'Tragic Accident'


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Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died Sunday at the age of 24.


The team said Kivlenieks died as the result of a "tragic accident," suffering an apparent head injury in a fall.


"Medical personnel were called immediately, but he succumbed a short time later," the team said in a statement

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More information. Tragic accident doesn’t describe this well enough.


Police in Novi, Michigan, said Monday that 24-year-old Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died after hitting his head following a Fourth of July fireworks accident.


Lt. Jason Meier of the Novi Police Department said a mortar-style firework tilted slightly and started to fire toward people nearby. Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and fled along with several other people, but he slipped and hit his head on concrete, Meier said.



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Damn what a shock, I just remember seeing this guy last week with Alexander Rossi as they were doing a promo at the Mid-Ohio race track ahead of yesterday's race. Very tragic, RIP :(



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This is so sad. I just read an article that they did an autopsy today on him, and they are saying now that he didn’t fall and hit his head, but that he was hit in the chest with a firework while in the hot tub. So terrible to hear.
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What the hell??? This is just awful!


How did he get hit in the chest with a mortar in his hot tub???


First he hit his head, and now it's a mortar to the chest?? Something's fucked up with this whole story...


Feel terrible for the kid!

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Police said Kivlenieks was roughly 10 feet away from the mortar when he was struck, the Daily Mail reported. He died from a percussive injury caused by the blast, causing major damage to his heart and lungs.


Firefighters and paramedics responded to Legace’s home at about 10:15 p.m. Sunday. Kivlenieks told one teammate not to get into the ambulance with him, according to the Daily Mail.


“[Kivlenieks] didn’t want him to have to see that,” the late goalie’s agent, Jay Grossman, told the outlet.


Link: https://nypost.com/2021/07/06/blue-jackets-goalie-died-of-fireworks-blast-at-coachs-home/


How awful. Killed by some dumbass who shouldn't have been firing off fireworks.

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