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Fatal fall at baseball stadium was suicide

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By David Beasley

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The death of a 30-year-old baseball fan who fell from an upper deck of the Atlanta Braves' Turner Field stadium last month was a suicide, a medical examiner has ruled.

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Police initially said Ronald Homer's fall appeared accidental, but the Fulton County Medical Examiner's officedetermined that his August 12 death resulted from suicide, agency investigator Tami Sedivy-Schroder said on Friday.

She declined to provide further details, including the results of a toxicology report.

No one was standing near Homer when the Conyers, Georgia, man fell about 65 feet from an upper-level platform at the stadium to a parking lot during a rain delay in a game between the Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies, police said.

Witnesses who saw him fall from a distance called the police, who found Homer unconscious and not breathing. The fall was not caught on security cameras, police said.

In 2008, 25-year-old Justin Hayes died after falling about 60 feet while trying to slide down the handrails of a club-level stairway at Turner Field during an Atlanta Braves-New York Mets game. Police said alcohol was a factor.

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