Key witness in San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow beating has died

A key witness in the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow has died of an apparent food allergy.

The Los Angeles Times reports Matthew Lee died Sunday after eating a salad that apparently contained nuts, which caused the allergic reaction. The coroner however has not determined a cause of death.

Stow, a paramedic, remains hospitalized with a brain injury after he was brutally beaten outside Dodgers Stadium on opening day, March 31.

Lee was with Stow and a group of friends to see the opening game between the rival teams.

Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood are being held on $500,000 bail in the beating case.

It's unclear how this will affect the case against the alleged attackers, but sources say Lee was an important witness, the LA Times reports.

Shortly after news of Lee’s death broke, the Los Angeles Police Department put out a call for help to the public to find any other potential witnesses. LAPD believe Sanchez and Norwood are connected to at least four other run-ins with Giants fans that night.

Calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to 274637.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.


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