- Mooney, 53, fell unconscious and died after being punched by a Dolphins fan
- He will reportedly be laid to rest on Tuesday in the Patriots quarterback’s jersey
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A New England Patriots fan who died after being punched by a Miami Dolphins rival will reportedly be laid to rest in a Mac Jones jersey on Tuesday.
Dale Mooney, 53, collapsed and died following an incident at Gillette Stadium just before 11pm on Sunday September 17.
Disturbing footage obtained by NBC10 showed the father-of-two and long-time Patriots ticket holder, who was donning Jones’ No 10 jersey, being swung at by a Dolphins fan.
The punch connected, with eyewitnesses saying Mooney fell to the ground moments later during the huge brawl. He was then rushed to a nearby hospital before being pronounced dead.
Nine days on from his passing, Mooney is being laid to rest on Tuesday in a Jones Patriot jersey, reports The Messenger.
Patriots fan Dale Mooney (left), who died after being punched by a Dolphins rival, will reportedly be laid to rest in a Mac Jones (right) jersey
Mooney, 53, died after a fight with a Miami Dolphins fan at the Gillette Stadium last week
Disturbing footage obtained by NBC10 showed the father-of-two and long-time Patriots ticket holder being swung at by a Dolphins fan
The brawl broke out as Mooney’s Patriots hat fell off just before he was smacked in the temple and collapsed to the ground
However, it is unclear whether it is the very same jersey he was tragically killed in at Gillette Stadium.
A New England flag is also said to have flown above the Kent and Pelczar Funeral Home and Crematory in his hometown of Newmarket, New Hampshire, where he will be cremated in a private ceremony on Tuesday.
During visiting hours on Monday, TV screens displayed pictures of Mooney often in Patriots gear with his sons at games.
The memorial comes almost a week since an autopsy concluded Mooney was not directly killed by the Dolphins fans’ punch and may have succumbed to an undisclosed ‘medical issue’.
Norfolk County District’s attorney’s office said the autopsy did identify an medical issue that may have contributed to his death.
DA Michael Morrissey confirmed that the issue was a potential contributor to his death, but the case will require further testing.
He added that the two blows delivered by the Dolphins fan did not cause fatal injuries to Mooney.
Mooney left behind his two kids and wife Lisa after the altercation at Gillette Stadium
Morrissey said: ‘Our investigation has included numerous law enforcement interviews and the examination of multiple angles of video capturing the scuffle prior to Mr. Mooney’s collapse during the Sunday night game at Gillette Stadium.
‘Preliminary autopsy results did not suggest traumatic injury, but did identify a medical issue. Cause and manner of death remain undetermined pending further testing.
‘Our investigation remains open and ongoing. Any eyewitness who has not already been interviewed by police, or anyone in possession of original video of the incident, is asked to contact detectives.’
The exact cause and manner of death are still under investigation, and no criminal charges have been brought.