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Fan Dies After Suffering a 'Medical Emergency' During Sacramento Kings-New Orleans Pelicans Game

EMTs performed CPR on the fan but they "tragically" were unsuccessful in reviving them, the Kings said

<p> Thearon W. Henderson/Getty</p> The Sacramento Kings logo at center court

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The Sacramento Kings logo at center court

A Sacramento Kings fan died while attending the team's game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Golden 1 Center on Monday, a representative for the organization said.

In a statement issued to the Sacramento Bee, the Kings confirmed that a guest at the arena "had a medical emergency" during the first quarter of the game.

"EMS immediately responded and administered CPR. Tragically, these efforts were unsuccessful and the guest passed away," the statement said.

The Kings' statement also offered the organization's "deepest condolences" to the deceased's "family and loved ones" following the tragedy.

The Sacramento Fire Department told Fox 40, “Golden 1 Center staff was notified that someone was unresponsive. When the engine got there they found a 30’s aged male.”

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According to the local Sacramento outlet, CPR was administered for approximately 20 minutes before he was pronounced dead at the scene by medical services.

No additional details have been made public as of Tuesday morning.

The incident did not cause a delay in the game, and Kings players said they only learned about the incident after the game ended.

<p>Ezra Shaw/Getty </p> A general view as fans cheer during the third quarter in game seven of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs between the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on April 30, 2023 in Sacramento, California

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A general view as fans cheer during the third quarter in game seven of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs between the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on April 30, 2023 in Sacramento, California

Speaking to reporters during a postgame interview, Keegan Murray, a forward for Sacramento, said he and his teammates "weren't aware of" the incident "at all," according to ESPN and Marca.

Murray, 23, added, "As a team, we give our condolences. Hopefully, the family is being taken care of."

Kings shooting guard Malik Monk reacted to the news after the game, which ended with a Sacramento loss to the Pelicans.

"Heard the news about the fan tonight my condolences go out to the family," Monk, 25, wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

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Monday's loss officially eliminated the Kings from the NBA's inaugural In-Season Tournament.

Sacramento's next home game at Golden 1 Center is on Dec. 11 when the Kings host the Brooklyn Nets.

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