The body of Todd Keeling, 48, was discovered in a large refrigerator at SunTrust Park before a Braves game on Tuesday. Keeling was at the park installing an invention he created that allowed beer to flow more efficiently. Authorities don’t yet know what caused Keeling’s death.
According to police reports, other workers found Keeling and pulled him out of the cooler. They performed CPR but it was too late for the father of four. Keeling’s death has left his family devastated. Keeling’s aunt said that it was his dream to have his invention used at multiple stadiums and he had worked on perfecting it since graduating college.
The Atlanta Braves released the following statement:
The Atlanta Braves are deeply saddened by the passing of Todd Keeling. We admired the passion he had for both his company and his product. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
And this message came from Delaware North:
— Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) June 27, 2018
— AJC Sports (@AJCsports) June 27, 2018
BODY IN A BEER COOLER:
Worker found dead @SunTrustPark
by another worker, @cobbpolice1 say, hours before the first pitch @Braves game. Circumstances and cause undetermined tonight. @FOX5Atlanta pic.twitter.com/wGlPkfvSeZ
— Jaclyn Schultz FOX 5 (@jaclynFOX5ATL) June 27, 2018
BREAKING: Cobb County Police confirm a dead body was found in a freezer at Suntrust Park where the Atlanta Braves play. The deceased person was a third party contractor found by another person who works for that company. It’s under investigation.
— Hayley Mason (@HayleyMasonTV) June 26, 2018
Many people felt saddened by the news and offered condolences:
I feel terrible for this man. I'll be he worked decades to perfect this invention and it was finally starting to pay off. God bless him and his loved ones. He was truly living the American Dream.
— als (@realAndrewSchlz) June 28, 2018
So sad, man.
— Blu (@liveloveblu) June 27, 2018
That’s terrible. So sad
— Vic Damone Jr (@MrBecherer) June 27, 2018
Man, so sorry to hear about this! This guy was living out his dream, something we all strive for. Goes to show how precious every moment is. Prayers.
— Jef (@JeffryLuchies) June 28, 2018
Heartbreaking. Having been in the beer business for 15 years, this is exciting technology. I’m sorry for his 4 children.
— Randy in Tampa (@rpbeer) June 27, 2018
Paul Pabst, who knew Keeling, sent out this message:
Sad story. I went to grade school with Todd Keeling. He was a great pal to grow up with in Glenwood, IL. He had a large group of friends that will miss him. A fun-loving guy. https://t.co/fJfYDwwJTv
— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) June 27, 2018
Other people who also seemed to know Keeling spoke highly of him:
Damn. My condolences 2 Todd Keeling & family. I graduated #HF with his younger brother, & remember Todd well. If you went to HF, U can't not remember Todd. He was a great guy, athlete, & perennial joker, chasing his dream. I wish Steve & family strength in this sad time.
— Max Schlossberg (@TurfTwits) June 28, 2018
He had an amazing ability to make you feel special, even as a young kid, he was pretty spectacular.
— HEY MO! (@MoLulkowski) June 28, 2018
Melissa Espana shared a photo of Keeling doing what he loved:
Todd Keeling, 48, was found dead inside a walk-in beer cooler Tuesday at the Atlanta Braves baseball stadium. He was an inventor who grew up in Chicago…https://t.co/5fGJJgqIEY
(Photo courtesy of Nathan Churchill) pic.twitter.com/J8OJWdVKEF
— Melissa Espana (@MLEspana) June 28, 2018
Baseball fans arriving at the game were unaware of the tragedy until news crews began telling them:
Our condolences go out to Keeling’s family.