august 17, 2012 • 11:51 AM

Fan dies after going into cardiac arrest at Blue Jays game

Paramedics tend to a fan during the MLB game between the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.
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A fan went into cardiac arrest during Thursday night's game between the Blue Jays and White Sox and later died at the hospital, according to Toronto police.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, play was stopped when medical personnel rushed over to perform CPR on a man sitting in the first row of seats on the third-base side of the Rogers Centre.

"It was not a good sight. It was bad," Chicago third baseman Kevin Youkilis said. "I could see the guy pumping on him, doing something where I just knew it was happening too long. I said something to [umpire] Mark [Wegner] and finally I was like 'We've got to stop this thing.'"

The fan was lifted onto a cart and taken to a local hospital, where he then passed away Thursday night.

"It puts it in perspective, you know?" Youkilis said after the game. "This is a game, it's not life or death."

The unidentified man was reported to be middle-aged, and it is the second incident this season where a fan has gone into cardiac arrest at a Blue Jays game.

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