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"Eat 'Em Up, Tigers" Fan Reportedly Killed in Hit-and-Run Near Comerica Park

James Van Horn, the enthusiastic homeless man who has long been a staple outside Comerica Park in Detroit, was killed in a hit-and-run accident overnight a few blocks from the stadium, according to WDIV.

Police say Van Horn and another man were struck by a black car while crossing the street.

Known for his trademark “Eat ’em up, Tigers” chant, the 63-year-old relied on tips from fans coming to games. With his Fu Manchu mustache and ever-present Incredible Hulk hand — along with his vocal and persistent cheerleading — it was nearly impossible to miss Van Horn on gamedays.

He was a cult hero in the city, where few knew his real name but many could echo his go-to chant. During the Tigers’ run to the 2006 World Series, Van Horn estimated he received nearly $400 a night from fans.

Obviously, this is a very sad ending to his unique story.

[WDIV]

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