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NHL goalie Matiss Kivlenieks, 24, dies after fall in fireworks accident

(AP) – Latvia’s Matiss Kivlenieks, a candidate to be the Columbus Blue Jackets’ future starting goaltender, died in Michigan on Sunday night after fleeing a hot tub and hitting his head following a Fourth of July fireworks accident. He was 24.

Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and fled with several other people, but he slipped and hit his head on concrete, police in Novi, Michigan, told The Associated Press on Monday.

The fire department and EMTs got to the private home about 10:13 on Sunday night and took him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Novi Lt. Jason Meier said. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

“At the moment, we’re pretty certain this was a tragic accident,” Meier said.

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Novi police are investigating the death of Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks, who suffered a head injury at a house in Metro Detroit on Sunday night.

Kivlenieks was 24.

Novi Police Lt. Jason Meier said multiple people were in a hot tub when there was, “from what we can tell,” a fireworks incident. In attempting to get out of the hot tub, Kivlenieks slipped and hit his head on concrete, Meier said.

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks, 24, dies in fireworks-related accident

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died after falling and hitting his head on concrete in a July Fourth fireworks-related accident, police in Novi, Michigan, said Monday. Kivlenieks was 24.

Lt. Jason Meier of the Novi Police Department said that the fire department and EMTs arrived at a private home at 10:13 p.m. local time on Sunday.

“There appears to have been a fireworks malfunction, which caused a group of people to flee from the hot tub, including the deceased, who slipped and hit his head on the concrete,” Meier told ESPN on Monday.

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks dead at 24 after ‘incredibly horrific accident’ while fleeing firework

Matiss Kivlenieks, the goalie for the Columbus Blue Jackets, died Sunday from an apparent head injury after a fall while trying to climb out of a hot tub when a firework went rogue.

Kivlenieks, a 24-year-old Latvian native, was at a house in metro Detroit Sunday around 10:15 p.m. when what police described as a “fireworks incident” occurred, a spokesperson told the Daily News. According to an initial investigation, Kivlenieks and several other people were fleeing the hot tub when he slipped and hit his head on the concrete.

Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks dies at 24 from apparent head injury after fall

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced that goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died Sunday night in a “tragic accident” after suffering an apparent head injury in a fall. He was 24.

The Blue Jackets said that medical personnel were immediately called, but that Kivlenieks died a short time after.

“We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Matiss Kivlenieks, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his mother, Astrida, his family and friends during this devastating time,” Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said in a statement. “Kivi was an outstanding young man who greeted every day and everyone with a smile and the impact he had during his four years with our organization will not be forgotten.”

Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks dies after fall trying to escape fireworks malfunction

Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died Sunday night as the result of an accident, police confirmed. 

According to the Novi Police Department, which is still investigating, Kivlenieks, 24, appeared to sustain a head injury while trying to escape a hot tub after a fireworks malfunction. 

“From what we can tell, we’re treating this as an accidental fall,” Novi Police Lt. Jason Meier said. “There was a fireworks malfunction and several people were fleeing a hot tub, including Matiss. It appears he slipped and fell getting out of the hot tub and hit his head on the concrete. There’s still an autopsy scheduled for (Monday) and we’re still investigating, but right now it just looks like a tragic accident.”

Columbus goalie, 24, dies from fall after fireworks mishap

Matiss Kivlenieks, a candidate to be the Columbus Blue Jackets’ future starting goaltender, died in Michigan after fleeing a hot tub and hitting his head following a Fourth of July fireworks accident, police said Monday. He was 24.

Police in Novi, Michigan, said a mortar-style firework tilted slightly and started to fire toward people nearby Sunday night. Kivlenieks was in the hot tub and tried to get clear with several other people, but the young Latvian slipped and hit his head on concrete, police Lt. Jason Meier said.

The fire department and EMTs got to the private home shortly after 10 p.m. and took him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Meier said. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

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