Originally created 11/25/03

ABC Sports cameraman dies two days after fall



MADISON, Wis. -- A cameraman for ABC Sports died two days after falling from a platform at Camp Randall Stadium while preparing for coverage of the Iowa- Wisconsin football game.

Richard Umansky, 48, died Sunday morning at the University of Wisconsin Hospital, the Dane County Coroner's Office said Monday.

Umansky, of Davie, Fla., sustained a head injury Friday when he fell about eight feet from a wooden platform to a cement entry ramp, police said.

Umansky worked for ABC Sports for nearly 20 years.

"All of us at ABC Sports are deeply saddened by the death of cameraman Rich Umansky," Michael Pearl, ABC Sports senior vice president and executive producer said in a statement Monday. "He was a valued colleague and friend, and he will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt sympathies are with his family at this very difficult time."

The coroner's office said it needs several more days to determine a cause of death.