Columbus Blue Jacket’s Goalie Died Of Chest Trauma From Fireworks
Need more proof that fireworks can be dangerous? Look no further than this. After authorities previously reported that Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died from a fall, it is now being revealed after an autopsy that he died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast. Kivlenieks was 24.
The Associated Press reports that earlier on Monday, the Blue Jackets announced Kivlenieks' death in a "tragic accident." The Oakland County (Michigan) Medical Examiner’s office listed the official cause of death in the preliminary autopsy as "fireworks mortar blast, chest trauma."
Authorities earlier said the Latvian had died of an apparent head injury during a fall, but an autopsy clarified the cause of death. Police in Novi, Michigan, said a mortar-style firework tilted slightly and started to fire toward people nearby Sunday night.
According to Police Lt. Jason Meier, Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and tried to get clear with several others. Shortly after 10 p.m., EMTs got to the home and rushed Kivlenieks to a local hospital. Sadly, he was pronounced dead on arrival.
John Davidson, Columbus Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, said in a statement issued to the media:
We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Matiss Kivlenieks, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his mother, Astrida, his family and friends during this devastating time. Kivi was an outstanding young man who greeted every day and everyone with a smile and the impact he had during his four years with our organization will not be forgotten.
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