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Old 11-17-2009, 08:10 PM   #1
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Steelers fan says he was poisoned, left blind in Chicago bar

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November 17, 2009 12:15 PM | 4 Comments | UPDATED STORY

A Pittsburgh Steelers fan says he was left blind and is living with brain damage after he was apparently poisoned at a Chicago bar following a game in September.

The Steelers had lost to the Bears at Soldier Field, and some trash-talking was going on between Zack Heddinger's group of Pittsburgh fans and a group of Bears fans. Afterward, Heddinger, 46, was offered a drink by one of the Chicago fans, a gesture he thought was a peace offering, his older sister Linda Heddinger said this morning in an interview.

It still isn't clear what substance was in the drink, but doctors believe, based on the effects, that it was grain alcohol, antifreeze or some kind of pesticide, Linda Heddinger said.

What is clear, she said, is that her brother is having memory difficulties and is nearly blind.

"It seems like a bad connection you have with television," Linda Heddinger said. "He has glimpses, but just because he can see you today doesn't mean he will see you tomorrow."

Based on conversations with those with Heddinger, he and his family have "narrowed down" the instances in which he could have been poisoned to the incident at Kitty O'Shea's after they left the Sept. 20 game, his sister said.

Linda Heddinger said the game was part of an annual trip her brother takes with childhood friends to see sporting events in various cities.

According to a Chicago police report, at around 6 p.m. Heddinger, his sister Lisa and their friends were at the bar at 720 S. Michigan Ave. There was an "altercation between Bears and Pittsburgh fans," said Chicago Police Officer Laura Kubiak.

"My brother, trying to be a peacemaker, drank it," Linda Heddinger said. "No one else did."

The police report also mentions Heddinger took the drink and notes his group left the bar a short time later. At about 11 p.m. a call was made from their hotel for an ambulance.

Linda Heddinger said another sister received a call at about 2:30 a.m. from Rush University Medical Center that their brother's heart had stopped and he wasn't expected to survive. Doctors told the family, who later traveled to Chicago to be with Heddinger, that his reaction was much more severe than if he had just been drinking alcohol.

By Thursday, Heddinger was still hospitalized; he was getting headaches and starting to lose his vision, his sister said.

Heddinger later returned to the Pittsburgh area, where he is staying with one of his sisters and his account was first reported by WTAE-Ch. 4.

The last two months have been "very, very difficult," Linda Heddinger said, as the family has tried various treatments for their brother's ailments and made arrangements for his rehabilitation.Heddinger is the 7th of nine siblings, most of whom live in the Pittsburgh area.

A regional sales manager for a jewelry company, Zack Heddinger hasn't been working and he doesn't have health insurance, his sister said. "We're emotionally drained, financially drained," she said."I don't understand the mentality where you would do this to someone."

Police said Belmont Area detectives are still investigating the incident.

(I don't want to say about this one. To poison someone over a football game! Unbelievable! I hope the dude recovers.Thoughts and prayers for him and his family. - mesa)
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:19 PM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers fan says he was poisoned, left blind in Chicago bar

I could easily see this happening in Cinci. Thes people a freakin' insane.
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:26 PM   #3
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Default Re: Steelers fan says he was poisoned, left blind in Chicago bar

This really is a terrilbe story, i cant believe someone would do this! My goodness it was a football game and that is nothing to almost kill someone over......truly ridculus

I hope this guy recovers
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That is so sad.
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This is insane shit, who the **** would do that... i hope the guy recovers. :(
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wow that is insane! I sdtopped going to cin city because of the bungles fans throwing batteries. i thought that was bad , but to mess with someones life like this is just horrible. i hope they catch teh people who did it and they get the max punishment plus have to pay for the guys medical care
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:46 PM   #7
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wow, that's terrible. If anyone hears of a fund etc to help with the medical bills please post a link.
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un-freakin believable

hope he recovers quickly
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Default Re: Steelers fan says he was poisoned, left blind in Chicago bar

This world we live in is crazy.

My brother would tell me stories of going to Raider's games and what the fans would do to people showing up to root for the opponent and wearing their gear. Especially if they got cornered in the men's bathroom. Nothing comparable to what happened here but it was some crazy and scary stuff, and also was done in front of children.
I get loving your team, but it's sad how far people will take out their team passion and hurt another human being because of it. Insane has popped up in descriptions in this thread, and I agree. It's a great game, great diversion in life, but it's never justifiable in harming another person because they root for a different team.
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I hope they catch the idiots who did that!
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