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Fan died during Kings-Pelicans In-Season Tournament game

The Sacramento Kings logo on a pair of shorts

Dec 7, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; A view of the Sacramento Kings logo and basketball before the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Kings at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

A fan suffered a medical emergency and died during the NBA In-Season Tournament contest Monday between the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans.

The Kings hosted the Pelicans in the quarterfinal round of the tournament at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif.

The fan had a medical emergency during the first quarter of the contest. The emergency medical staff was quickly on the scene but they were unable to resuscitate the fan.

The Kings released a statement on the situation before the game’s conclusion.

“During the first quarter of the Kings vs. Pelicans game, a guest had a medical emergency. EMS immediately responded and administered CPR. Tragically, these efforts were unsuccessful and the guest passed away. The organization offers its deepest condolences to the guest’s family and loved ones,” the team said in the statement.

The Pelicans beat the Kings 127-117 to advance to the semifinal round of the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament.


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