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28-year-old woman chokes on hot dog at Cubs game, dies

May 9, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

Maureen Oleskiewicz - NBCChicago

Maureen Oleskiewicz died Tuesday morning at Illinois Masonic Hospital after choking on a hot dog at Wrigley Field prior to Sunday’s Reds-Cubs game, reports.

The 28-year-old junior high school teacher lost consciousness and fell into the row in front of her during the national anthem Sunday. Her brother, who attended the game with her, said no one had noticed her choking. She had no pulse as aid was rendered, and she never regained consciousness after being taken to the hospital.

Oleskiewicz was an organ donor, and the family took some solace in the fact that her heart is going to a 14-year-old.

The Cubs released a statement Wednesday:

“We are saddened to hear news of the untimely death of Maureen Oleskiewicz.  We express our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.  We will continue to keep her family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

  1. mcmillang2013 - May 9, 2013 at 9:24 PM


  2. badintent - May 10, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    On the show TV show The Doctors , they had a segment on things kids choke on the most. # 1 was hotdogs. Perfect size for choking the windpipe. Bloomberg to ban hotdogs in NYC.Everyone should know the Heimlich to help anyone choking.

  3. materialman80 - May 16, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    “Another” reason to not go to a Cubs game….

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