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Fan suffered heart attack

Meghan Martin | Thursday, November 13, 2003

An autopsy conducted by the St. Joseph County coroner’s office Monday concluded that Roger Bailey, the fan who was found collapsed in a stadium restroom before Saturday’s game, died of a heart attack, said St. Joseph County Deputy Coroner Dr. Michael O’Connell.

“It was a natural death. More than likely, it was cardiac,” O’Connell said.

Bailey, who was 49, was found on the floor of an upper-level men’s room in Section 123 shortly after gates officially opened.

Stadium ushers and medical crews responded quickly to the emergency, said Director of Stadium Security Cappy Gagnon.

He was transported, accompanied by a brother, from the stadium to the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, where he died at 3:15 p.m.

Bailey was president and partner of Lumberyard Suppliers in East Peoria, Ill. and was was visiting Notre Dame with some of his family from Mapleton, Ill., a small town 13 miles southwest of Peoria.

The father of four and grandfather of one had served on the board of the National and State Home Builders Association and as a junior football league coach for 17 years.

The Peoria Journal-Star contributed to this report.