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Man found dead in cooler at Braves’ SunTrust Park identified

The man found dead by a worker Tuesday in a beer cooler at SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves’ home stadium, has been identified as Todd Keeling, a 48-year-0ld third-party contractor, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.

Keeling, a father of four, was confirmed as the deceased by family members. Fran Kuchta, Keeling’s aunt, indicated police told the family that he got stuck in the cooler while installing his beer tap invention and couldn’t get out.

She said her nephew was excited to learn that another MLB stadium wanted his beer tap technology, Draftwell, which was going to cut down pour times at SunTrust from a 14-second average to five seconds.

Kuchta said he had been working on the invention since he graduated college.

“This is his dream since he was a kid,” Kuchta said.

Investigators have indicated it’s too soon to determine if Keeling’s death involved foul play. Tragically, Keeling’s two teenage sons, left Atlanta a few days ago after helping their father with the installation. Keeling remained in town to finish up.

Keeling’s invention is used at the Chicago White Sox’s Guaranteed Rate Field and the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field.

“He worked hard to do this,” Kuchta said. “ … I’m sure things would have gone on further.”