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(ATLANTA) — A Conyers, Ga., man’s fatal fall from the upper deck of Atlanta’s Turner Field marks what is believed to be the second accident-related death at the baseball stadium in five years.

The man, who the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified as Ronald Lee Homer, 30, fell 65 feet from the stadium’s 400-level seating structure, landing behind air conditioning vents in the player’s parking lot at 8:55 p.m. Monday, ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV reported.

Homer had been waiting out a rain delay for the game against the Philadelphia Phillies to begin.

Homer was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he died from his injuries, the Atlanta Police Department said.

“At this time, there is no indication of foul play, and the fall appears accidental,” said Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos in a statement.

Fulton County Medical Examiner investigator Mark Guilbeau told ABC News that while the autopsy for Homer was underway, the toxicology tests to determine if any alcohol or drugs were in his system when he fell would not be available before the end of the week.

While investigators are still working to figure out if weather conditions or alcohol played a part in the accident, Homer was not the first to suffer a fatal fall at the Braves’ stadium.

Justin Hayes, 25, of Cumming, Ga., fell from the upper deck to the concourse behind home plate at Turner Field in May 2008, WSB-TV reported. Police later found that alcohol had factored into the fall. It is unclear if Hayes’ family filed suit against the Braves.

ABC News’ calls to the Atlanta Braves were not immediately returned. The Liberty Media Corp., which owns the Braves, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.

Homer’s family declined to comment to ABC News.

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