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Ernest Vogliano, 61, plunges to his death in Madison Square Garden after son of famed restaurateur suffered freak fall

By Israel Salas-Rodriguez,


THE son of a famed restaurant owner in New York City has died after a freak accident at Madison Square Garden.

After a New York Rangers game on Saturday, Ernest Vogliano Jr., 61, was riding an escalator railing inside the arena when he suddenly fell nearly three floors to his death.
Ernest Vogliano, the son of a famed New York City restaurant owner, died on Saturday after a freak accident at Madison Square Garden Credit: Facebook/Ernest Vogliano
Known as the World's Most Famous Arena, the Garden is home to the New York Knicks and Rangers Credit: Getty Images - Getty

Emergency personnel responded to a 911 call about an injured person at the Garden at around 10.40pm on Saturday.

Vogliano was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the New York City Police Department said.

Details about how Vogliano fell remain unknown.

However, an autopsy by the city medical examiner determined the 61-year-old died of blunt force trauma and ruled his death an accident, his family and sources revealed to the New York Post.

Vogliano's widow, Lesa, has hired an attorney to investigate the accident, saying she's being kept in the dark about the incident.

"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. We’d like to find out how.”

Eisenberg has demanded that MSG officials turn over all evidence related to Vogliano's death, including surveillance footage.

Vogliano's late father, Ernest Vogliano Sr., owned the renowned Upper East Side Italian restaurant Il Vagabondo.

The popular red-sauce eatery once hosted famous patrons, including actors Cindy Crawford and Tom Hanks, before shutting its doors in 2019.

In its heyday, the restaurant was considered one of the best old-fashioned Italian joints in the city, beloved for its chicken Parmesan and bocce court.

Vogliano is survived by his mother; siblings Robert, Jennifer, and Marie; children Blaze and Summer; and his wife, Lesa.

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