Woman Died After Being Hit in the Head by Baseball at Dodger Stadium While Celebrating Birthday
Linda Goldbloom, a 79-year-old mother of three and grandmother of seven, died on Aug. 29 from an "acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma"
A woman died four days after she was hit in the head by a baseball during a game at Dodger Stadium last summer.
Linda Goldbloom, a 79-year-old mother of three, died on Aug. 29 from an “acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma,” according to a copy of the coroner’s report from Los Angeles County obtained by PEOPLE.
The accident happened at the top of the ninth inning when the Dodgers were playing the San Diego Padres, EPSN reported. A Padres batter hit the ball, which flew between home and first base into the stands just above the area protected by netting. It hit the longtime Dodgers fan — who was celebrating her birthday and 59th anniversary with her husband, Erwin — in the head.
“Ushers came down and asked if she was all right, and she said no, then EMT came and rushed her to the hospital — she threw up in the ambulance,” Goldbloom’s daughter, Jana Brody, told the outlet.
According to Brody, her mother then needed emergency surgery and was unresponsive for three days afterward. She required a ventilator to breathe. Per Goldbloom’s request, she was taken off the machines helping her live on Aug. 28. She was buried about 10 miles from the stadium.
In a statement to ESPN, the L.A. Dodgers said, “Mr. and Mrs. Goldbloom were great Dodgers fans who regularly attended games. We were deeply saddened by this tragic accident and the passing of Mrs. Goldbloom. The matter has been resolved between the Dodgers and the Goldbloom family. We cannot comment further on this matter.”
The Dodgers press team did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
The oldest of Goldbloom’s seven grandchildren, Bree Nuss, 29, told PEOPLE in a statement, that she was “more than a Bubbie to me.”
“She was a beloved confidant, an oracle, a genuine soul, her grandchildren’s biggest fan, a comedian, a shopping guru, and my oldest best friend,” Nuss said. “All who knew her loved and adored her. She is missed every second of every day. “
Brody told ESPN that she’s now asking MLB teams to further extend their protective netting. Last season, all 30 MLB teams extended their netting per league recommendations after a little girl was hit by a ball in 2017 and suffered life-threatening injuries, according to CBS News.
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“I’d love to see the netting extended vertically, and we know it doesn’t block the view,” Brody said to ESPN. “Raise it a little higher — what’s the hurt in that?”
According to ESPN, there have only been two previously reported incidents of fans dying after being hit by balls that flew into the stands. One took place in 1943 in Washington state, and the other in 1970, also at Dodger Stadium in L.A.