On September 17, 2023, a tragic event unfolded at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Dale Mooney, a 53-year-old from Newmarket, New Hampshire, was fatally injured during an argument with a Miami Dolphins fan.
The confrontation arose in the fourth quarter of the game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins. Mooney was punched by the Miami Dolphins fan and subsequently lost consciousness.
First responders quickly attended to Mooney, but he remained unresponsive. He was later taken to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead.
Authorities, including the Massachusetts State Police and the Norfolk District Attorney’s office, are actively investigating the incident. According to witness statements, including Mooney’s wife, and video footage, Mooney did not initiate or engage in any aggressive actions during the confrontation.
The official cause of death remains undetermined, but an autopsy is in progress.
Notably, Mooney was a longstanding New England Patriots fan, having been a season ticket holder for 30 years.