Widow of Chicago area man who died inside Braves’ stadium cooler files lawsuit

SMYRNA, Ga. — The widow of a beer tap inventor who died inside a walk-in cooler at the Atlanta Braves’ stadium is blaming a faulty door mechanism and lethal carbon dioxide leaks.

Angela Keeling made the allegations in a wrongful death lawsuit filed Friday against the team and its contractors.

Todd Keeling, 48, who lived in Minnesota but grew up in the Chicago area, had worked an overnight shift to install his beer tap invention at SunTrust Park when he died in June 2018, his relatives told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Colorless and odorless carbon dioxide filled the cooler, and Keeling became trapped inside because the interior door mechanism failed to work, the lawsuit states. His body was found by a co-worker before a game against the Cincinnati Reds.

A partnership of the stadium’s builders, based in Georgia, Alabama, Minnesota and Michigan, “received an email before Todd Keeling’s death that there were issues with the door release mechanisms in coolers throughout the stadium,” the lawsuit states.

The construction companies involved also knew about carbon dioxide leaks in the coolers, but allowed them to go unfixed; and Cooler 331, where Todd Keeling died, lacked a functioning carbon dioxide monitor or alarm, the lawsuit states.

Braves spokeswoman Beth Marshall declined to comment “due to ongoing litigation.”

Keeling was an inventor. Draftwell sold Keeling’s tap technology, the Quick Draw Faucet, which cuts down the amount of time it takes to pour a beer. His invention is currently used at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Keeling graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School in 1987.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.