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Man falls leaving UNCW basketball game, dies day later

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man accidentally fell and hit his head leaving the UNCW basketball Saturday night. Relatives say Francis Houts was taken to the hospital, but never woke up. They say he was pulled off life support Sunday.

UNCW released the following statement: “Chancellor Miller, Athletic Director Jimmy Bass and the entire UNCW family join the community in mourning Mr. Francis Houts, who on Sunday evening succumbed to injuries sustained in an accidental fall while exiting Trask Coliseum on the evening of Saturday, February 23, after a men’s basketball game. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they deal with this tragic loss.”

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday morning at Pine Valley Church of Christ on College Road.

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