OXBORO - The death of a Patriots fan during a game at Gillette Stadium on Sunday is under investigation by State Police and the Norfolk District Attorney's office. The man who died has been identified as 53-year-old Dale Mooney of Newmarket, New Hampshire.
Mooney's wife said he was a great dad with a big heart and wouldn't do anything to hurt anyone.
A witness said taunting between fans suddenly turned violent. "It is sad and unfortunate," said witness Joe Kilmartin.
Mooney, a father of two sons and lifelong Patriots fan died after an incident at the place he loved to cheer on his team.
Officials say the season ticket holder had a "medical incident", but witnesses say it started with a fight.
"It was kind of rowdy because you don't realize that somebody is about to die," Kilmartin said.
The Pats were trying to make a comeback in the fourth quarter, when witnesses say the victim and a Miami Dolphins fan had been exchanging words a few rows behind them in a 300s section.
"By the fourth quarter it had just kind of come to blows," Kilmartin said.
Joe Kilmartin says he recorded video of some verbal confrontations then the victim is violently knocked unconscious.