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Authorities: Man Dies After Coffee Machine Falls On Him Near Grant Park

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CHICAGO (STMW) –A man died Saturday afternoon after a coffee machine fell on him near Grant Park.

James Karr, 48, lost his balance near the commercial coffee machine about 4:25 p.m. in the 300 block of East Jackson Drive, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

He tried to steady himself by grabbing the machine, which fell on top of his head and chest, police said.

Karr, of the 1900 block of West Henderson Street, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died at 4:56 p.m., the medical examiner’s office said.

An autopsy performed Sunday found Karr died of multiple crushing injuries he suffered when the commercial grade coffee maker fell on his chest, the medical examiner’s office said. His death was ruled an accident.

A representative from the Chicago Park District could not be immediately reached for comment Sunday morning.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)