Monday December 15th, 2014

Jeffrey Vanchiro, a well-known Brooklyn Nets fan, died Sunday after falling from a second-story window in Flushing, Queens, on Saturday night. Vanchiro's fiancée, Kristi Evans, confirmed Vanchiro's death on Twitter Sunday night.

Vanchiro, 38, was on a ventilator late Sunday afternoon after his fall, according to The New York Times. Best known as Jeffrey Gamblero, Vanchiro received national attention after being ejected without his prosthetic leg from a Nets-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden last week. Previously, Vanchiro was a popular figure at Nets games, known for wearing bright neon shirts and dancing throughout the crowd.

The Nets issued a statement from CEO Brett Yormark Sunday night:

"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."

According to the Times:

Vanchiro was staying at his father’s house Saturday night. Vanchiro’s fiancée, Kristi Evans, who was with Vanchiro’s family at New York Hospital Queens on Sunday, said that Vanchiro’s father told her that Vanchiro awoke apparently disoriented and leapt from the building. Evans said that Vanchiro sustained severe brain damage and a fractured spinal cord in the fall, and that his brain had stopped functioning Sunday morning.

According to Evans, Vanchiro had been behaving erratically, "was a bit delusional" and having trouble sleeping since the incident at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 2. Evans also told the Times that Vanchiro had sustained minor head injuries and a sprained lower back when he was carried out of his seat at MSG. Arena officials reportedly warned Vanchiro about his unruly behavior before his ejection.

In November, the Times wrote a feature on Vanchiro discussing his Nets fandom. After growing up in Queens, Vanchiro currently resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and he was "one of New York's most active graffiti writers in the late 1990s under the alias "Korn." The story also states that Vanchiro adopted the "Jeffrey Gamblero" moniker during a stint as a professional poker player in which he earned hundreds of thousands of dollars almost a decade ago.

- Mike Fiammetta

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