The stands here in Atlanta were filled with fans of both teams playing in the Chick-fil-A Bowl game last night. There was a lot of excitement going back and forth as each team scored.
Duke played one of its finest games; however, Texas A & M came out the winner with a score of 52-48.
But soon after the end of the game, tragedy struck – Dave Martin a long time Associated Press photographer collapsed of a heart attack and later died later at Emory Hospital in Atlanta.
He leaves behind his wife, Jamie Martin, and their two children, Emily and Skip
While the colleges celebrate their performances in the game, many are shocked and saddened by this tragic loss. Prayers and support for his family and friends are most appropriate.
“Martin, 59, ran onto the field immediately following Texas A&M's 52-48 win over Duke and took photos of Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin being doused with a water bucket by his players. Martin continued to take celebration shots before collapsing.” USA Today
One Facebook fan posted this statement:
“During the pandemonium as the final seconds ticked off the game clock and people rushed onto the field, I just happened to be looking right at this guy sprinting out from the sidelines when the heart attack hit him and he collapsed. Please pray for the family of Dave Martin as they mourn on New Year’s Day.
Dave didn't have a giant peach dropping so that he could count down the seconds until God called him home. We don't have one either. We need to all be ready. January 1, 2014 is a great day to get right with God.”
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