Man dies after fall on campus before football game
Courtney Becker | Tuesday, October 31, 2017
A 57-year-old man died Sunday after falling before the Notre Dame-North Carolina State football game Saturday, Steve Dixon, a friend who accompanied the man to the game, said.
The man, who Dixon identified as Michael Hile, was taken off life support around 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Hospital on Sunday. Dixon said two Notre Dame students attempted to resuscitate Hile when he fell on Notre Dame Avenue, and a large crowd of people gathered to offer their support. Dixon said he wanted to thank those students and the Notre Dame community for their help during the incident.
“They were doing everything they could to change this tragic event and change the outcome,” he said. “ … ‘We are ND.’ I’ve heard that crowd say that many times, but I truly have a different love and understanding for that phrase. ND stood across the street and stopped and prayed and cared — supported me whether they knew they were supporting me or not.”
Hile’s death marks the third fatal incident over the course of the last two Notre Dame football games, as two fans who attended the Notre Dame-USC game Oct. 21 died within hours of each other.