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Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks dies in July 4 fireworks accident

Matiss Kivlenieks is shown playing for Latvia during the IIHF 2021 World Ice Hockey Championships in Riga, Latvia, on May 28. File Photo by Toms Kalnins/EPA-EFE July 5 (UPI) — Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died of chest trauma in a Fourth of July fireworks accident, police in Novi, Mich., said Monday. He was…

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Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks dies in accident after ‘firework malfunction’

(Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/cc/d/matiss-kivlenieks-blue-jackets-070521-getty-ftrjpeg_1estm3h03thmb16x20l51nzct8.jpg?t=2051769978&w=500&quality=80 Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died Sunday from an apparent head injury he suffered during a fall. He was 24. Police in Novi, Michigan, initially told The Associated Press that Kivlenieks slipped and fell while fleeing a hot tub due to a “firework malfunction” from a mortar-style firework and hit his head on concrete. Following an autopsy by…