QUEENS (PIX11) — Loyal Nets fan Jeffrey Vanchiro died Sunday after suffering injuries from a two-story fall in Queens.
Vanchiro is better known by his alias, Jeffrey Gamblero. He is well-known to Nets players and fans alike, and is often shown dancing on the Barclays Center Jumbotron, clad in eye-catching neon apparel.
The 38-year-old man was sleeping at his father’s home Saturday night. He apparently woke up disoriented and fell two stories from the Flushing home, the New York Times reported.
He sustained severe brain damage and a fractured spinal cord. By Sunday morning, his brain had stopped functioning.
— Gamblero (@JeffreyGamblero) March 5, 2014
Brett Yormack, CEO of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, released a statement Sunday evening:
On behalf of ownership and the entire organization, I am terribly saddened to learn about Jeffrey’s death. A proud Brooklynite, Jeffrey was a passionate Nets fan and one of our most visible and loyal supporters. I was delighted that he joined the team on our trip to London last season and always enjoyed his enthusiasm while dancing and cheering during Nets games at Barclays Center. The entire organization expresses our deepest condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.
Vanchiro recently made headlines after he pulled off his prosthetic leg and hit another fan with it Dec. 2.
The commotion began in the upper deck with five minutes left to play in the the third quarter of Brooklyn’s 98-93 win over the Knicks, according to the New York Daily News.
However, some fans at MSG dispute the security guard’s story and say the man was just into the game and did not deserve to be thrown out.
Several people went to social media to express sadness about Vanchiro’s death. They especially remembered the man’s happy demeanor.