Fan's death an accident

CHICAGO - The Cook County medical examiner's office has ruled the death of a man who fell from a stadium concourse during halftime of Sunday's Bears-Eagles game an accident, not a suicide.

An autopsy yesterday showed that 23-year-old Stewart Haverty of Woodstock, Ill., died of multiple injuries.

Police say Haverty fell more than 35 feet from a Soldier Field concourse onto the roof of a stadium storage building.

Witnesses told police they saw Haverty run and jump over a 3-foot barrier to his death. His friends told police they thought he was going for a cigarette and was unaware of the drop.

A Soldier Field spokesman says the death is the first of its kind since completion of a major renovation of the 63,500-seat stadium in 2003.

The Bears offered condolences to Haverty's family yesterday.

"The Chicago Bears are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic accident that claimed the life of Stuart Haverty," the statement read. "Our hearts go out to his family and friends. They will be in our prayers during this difficult time."

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