After Blimp Crash and E. Coli Contamination, Snakebitten U.S. Open Witnesses a Spectator Death


ERIN, Wis.—On the heels of a fiery blimp crash and evidence of E. coli at a hydration station, the U.S. Open lost a spectator on Friday to a sudden death. Washington County Sheriff Dale Schmidt informed the United States Gold Association (USGA) that the decedent was a 94-year old male who appeared to die of natural causes. The death follows a dramatic fire on a commercial blimp high above the course that resulted in a crash and serious injuries for the pilot and evidence of E. coli bacteria found at a 12th-hole hydration station connected to a well. Here is video of the blimp crash from @msiggyy. We will continue to update here as information is available: https://t.co/AMbVMsMm5M #USOpen pic.twitter.com/PdZMlp8auX — GOLF.com (@golf_com) June 15, 2017 Update: USGA releases statement, says blimp that crashed is unaffiliated with the #USOpen – https://t.co/AMbVMsMm5M (: @FOXSports) pic.twitter.com/GcUGHAO3hI — GOLF.com (@golf_com) June 15, 2017 The unfortunate series of events has not dampened enthusiasm around Erin Hills as the U.S. Open heads into the weekend with the national championship on the line. Fans tried to find some solace in the passing of the elderly man. Kate Hoffmann of nearby Hartland, Wisconsin sympathized: “Very sad news