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Chicopee woman sues Patriots over death of husband at 2010 game

08.21.13 at 9:27 am ET
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A woman from Chicopee is suing the Patriots, the NFL and Gillette Stadium personnel, accusing them for being responsible for the death of her husband at a Patriots game in 2010 following a dispute with a security guard.

Kimberly Chartier is seeking at least $10 million in the civil suit filed in Hampden Superior Court, according to a report in the Springfield Republican. Stadium operator NPS and security service provider TeamOps also are named in the suit.

Jeffrey Chartier died after suffering a heart attack at the 2010 home opener, which he was attending with his 6-year-old son. According to the suit, the 40-year-old Chartier was invited by two game officials to let his son, Tedy, onto the field before the contest. However, a security guard identified as Arthur Sherman confronted Chartier because the boy did not have a field pass. After a confrontation lasting about 15 minutes, Chartier returned to his seat and had a heart attack, which the suit alleges was caused by the stress.

According to the filing: “Jeff Chartier died as a result of cardiac arrest that was precipitated by agitation and stress caused by an interaction with a security guard at Gillette Stadium who inappropriately and unnecessarily confronted Jeff Chartier and his son Tedy in a harsh, unprofessional, confrontational, disrespectful and antagonistic manner.”

Said Chartier lawyer George W. Marion: “We had a situation which in our view should have been easily resolved. It’s a day that really started off with the excitement of a father bringing his 6-year-old son to an opening day.”

Jeff Chartier, a longtime Patriots fan who first bought season tickets in 2000, was recognized by the team with a moment of silence prior to the ensuing home game. The team also donated an autographed Tom Brady jersey for an auction to raise funds for the family.

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