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Son of prominent NYC restaurateur dies in freak escalator fall after Rangers game at MSG
By Craig McCarthy, Jorge Fitz-Gibbon,
The son of a once-prominent Big Apple restaurateur died in a freak fall at Madison Square Garden after a Rangers game last weekend, officials said.
Ernest Vogliano, 61, was riding an escalator railing inside the World’s Most Famous Arena when he plunged two to three floors to his death around 10:40 p.m. Saturday, sources told The Post.
His death was later ruled accidental, his family and officials said.
Vogliano’s widow, Lesa, has now hired an attorney to get to the bottom of the incident, claiming she was kept in the dark about how it all happened.
“We have no idea what happened, but they do,” family attorney Fred Eisenberg told The Post. “We have to review the evidence.
“We know that he was there and we know that he died,” Eisenberg said. “We’d like to find out how.”
The NYPD reported a 911 call of an injured person at the arena around 10:40 p.m. on Saturday and found an unresponsive man suffering from head trauma.
Vogliano was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, cops said.
A rep for the FDNY said Wednesday that it had no record of a call to the Garden, so it’s not immediately clear how Vogliano was transported to the hospital.
An autopsy by the city medical examiner determined that Vogliano died as a result of blunt force trauma and ruled his death at the Garden an accident.
But Eisenberg said Lesa was never given the details, prompting him on Wednesday to send MSG officials a demand that all evidence relevant to Vogliano’s death, including surveillance video footage, be preserved until it can be reviewed.
In an email Wednesday, a rep for MSG called Vogliano’s death “a tragic accident” that has nothing to do with the state liquor investigation.
“A fan at this past Saturday’s Rangers game was injured in a tragic accident while he was exiting the venue and was immediately transported to a local hospital where he passed away,” the email said. “Our deepest and heartfelt condolences go out to his loved ones.”
Vogliano’s father, the late Ernest Sr., was the longtime owner of Il Vagabondo restaurant on East 62nd Street, a one-time Italian social court that evolved into a popular eatery whose patrons included the likes of Cindy Crawford and Tom Hanks in its heyday.
The younger Vogliano was the founder of Monster Productions, a New York City web design firm, and published Aspen Aces & Eights magazine.
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