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Body found outside NFL SoFi Stadium Inglewood, California

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An investigation was started after a man’s body was found in the man-made lake outside SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, where the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers play their NFL home games.

At a news conference Wednesday, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts said the 45-year-old jumped over a series of gated fences to access the 300-acre piece of land known as Hollywood Park, where the stadium is located.

The man, whose name has not been released, was last seen above the water around 6:13 am. Hollywood Park released a statement saying it was aware of the incident, and security personnel detected an intruder around 6 a.m. Divers from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Office of Special Enforcement helped the Inglewood Police Department find the body, which was recovered around 9:40 a.m. according to Butts.

“Honestly, this is someone who made a conscious decision to trespass, get in the lake, and ended up having trouble and difficulty. So I don’t think there’s anything that SoFi (Stadium) could have done to prevent this.” ,” Butts claimed.

The exact cause of death has yet to be determined while an autopsy is underway, and authorities are unsure as to why the man entered the lake officially known as Lake Park.

Butts explained how surveillance video footage showed that “more or less” appeared as if the man “I didn’t know how to swim.” Lake Park spans six acres and can hold 11 million gallons of water, it is said, while also being about 15 feet deep. The man’s death is the first known death to occur at the lake, though it’s not the first to occur near the 70,000-capacity stadium that recently hosted Super Bowl 56 won by the Rams against the Cincinnati Bengals. In June 2020, a subcontractor fell to his death due to “cocaine intoxication” and heat exhaustion, and in December of that year a construction worker was trapped by a metal beam in an accident that also involved a crane. So-Fi Stadium also provided the setting for at least two massive brawls last year involving Chargers and Rams fans in a preseason tie, in addition to Chargers and Dallas Cowboys fans in the regular season.

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