Skip to comments.Columbus goalie Matiss Kivlenieks, 24, died of chest trauma after fireworks incident, autopsy says
Posted on 07/05/2021 2:37:45 PM PDT by Libloather
A medical examiner in Michigan says an autopsy has determined that Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast, and not a fall as authorities previously reported.
Police in Novi, Michigan, said the mortar-style firework tilted slightly and started to fire toward people nearby Sunday night. The 24-year-old Kivleniek was in a hot tub and tried to get clear with several other people, police Lieutenant Jason Meier said.
The fire department and EMTs got to the private home shortly after 10 p.m. and took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Meier said. The Oakland County Medical Examiner's office reported preliminary autopsy results Monday afternoon.
Prior to the autopsy, police said Kivlenieks was believed to have slipped and hit his head on concrete while running from a malfunctioning firework.
"At the moment, we're pretty certain this was a tragic accident," Meier said.
The Blue Jackets and Latvian Hockey Federation announced Kivlenieks' death, with the NHL club saying it resulted from an apparent head injury in a fall. The team's statement made no mention of fireworks.
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Condolences to family and friends of Matiss Kivlenieks.
Details are too sketch to figure out who was the idiot firing mortar fireworks and why he was so close to them.
Had he been vaccinated?
Very tragic. A group of 20 somethings doing dumb things with fireworks. Most of us did the same at one point in our lives.
Yep. We had pop bottle rocket fights fired out of conduit bent in shape of pistols. Lucky us to never get injured.
Yeahbut, I recall bottle rockets and Black Cats. Not morters.
His instincts took over and he tried to make the save. RIP.
Too bad he didn’t think to duck under the water.
I learned to respect high explosives in Vietnam. It’s amazing what a “mere” 1/4 lb of C4 in a concussion grenade can do. Put one in a wooden grenade box and it will throw wood splinters 100 yards. People have no idea how dangerous this stuff is. They “learn” it from Hollywood movies.
A sad end to a quality goaltender who had a bright future.
Maybe not, but with that said, all home fireworks are not only stupid but dangerous...........
What's their point?
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He died from the vaccines. Because he was vaccinated.
For Rexroth, walking back to check on a firework that wasn’t igniting proved to be a mistake. “I went to check on it, and it went off in my face,” he says. Dave Rexroth in bed, injured eye covered by an eye patch Rexroth recovers from the injury in 2014. As a result, he now wears a prosthetic eye. He stays connected to specialists at the University of Iowa hospital who performed emergency surgeries to save his eye.
As opposed to murder?
Not for stupidity, apparently.
What is the bottom picture? An amputated hand stump?
Very sad. RIP
“The 24-year-old Kivleniek was in a hot tub..”
Should have ducked.
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