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Fan who needed CPR during Trail Blazers/Mavericks game Thursday dies

Green Building Rivals

In this photo taken on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, the Moda Center arena exterior is illuminated before an NBA basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore. The arena, formerly known as the Rose Garden, is a LEED-certified building - but the system that gives builders, developers, architects and cities a powerful marketing tool, tax breaks and other incentives has a controversial rival, Portland-based Green Globes, which markets itself as a simpler, less expensive alternative to LEED.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)


It was a somber moment in what had become a blowout of a game Thursday night. During the fourth quarter Thursday at the Moda Center, a woman in the lower bowl of the Portland arena collapsed and required CPR before she was rushed off the hospital on a stretcher. The game was paused for a bit and between a couple commercial breaks TNT showed the faces of concerned players looking on. Eventually the game resumed (Portland beat Dallas).

That woman has passed away at the hospital, reports Peter Socotch

The Medical Examiner’s Office indicated that the woman was 67 years of age, but her name was not immediately available. The case of a death was reported to the medical examiner’s office because the woman died less than 24 hours after entering the hospital.

The incident occurred during a timeout in the fourth quarter when witnesses say the fan’s body became “limp.” Many people in the arena stood up and began looking over toward section 111 across from the visitor’s bench. Soon, the Moda Center became quiet, leaving players, coaches and fans hanging in the balance. Within approximately two minutes paramedics and a stretcher were on the scene. The woman was administered CPR before being placed on a stretcher and then wheeled across the court in front of the Mavericks players and out of the arena while paramedics continued CPR.

Our thoughts go out to the family of the woman.