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Cook at Fenway clubhouse dies in fall from parking garage

A Red Sox clubhouse cook plunged to his death from the sixth floor of a downtown parking garage early yesterday morning, police said, after attending the final Celtics playoff game at the FleetCenter with other members of the Sox organization.

A preliminary investigation indicates no foul play in the death of Bernie Logue, 30, who joined the Red Sox at the start of the 2004 championship season as the main cook at the team's home clubhouse, police and players said.

''Right now, the information we have suggests that it was an accidental fall," said Officer Neva Grice, a spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department.

Logue, who graduated from Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury and earned a business degree from Bentley College, became part of the Red Sox family, relatives and players said. The team observed a moment of silence before the first game of yesterday's doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners.

''In a short time, Bernie had become a very popular figure in our clubhouse," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said in a statement. ''He was a very kind person who always had a smile on his face."

Police said Logue fell at 12:59 a.m. from the Government Center Garage on Sudbury Street, several hours after the Indiana Pacers eliminated the Celtics from the NBA playoffs. Medical officials pronounced him dead at the scene, police said.

At his family's West Roxbury home yesterday afternoon, Rose Marie Curran, a cousin, said Logue's parents were distraught and preferred not to talk to reporters. ''He was a wonderful, helpful, caring human being, whom we all miss very much," said Curran.

Logue was not married and had no children, his cousin said.

Logue was popular with Red Sox players and staff. His role was considered so important the team brought him to spring training in Florida this year.

Slugger David Ortiz inscribed ''RIP BL" on his batting helmet yesterday.

''I really can't say enough good things about this kid," said Joe Cochran, the team's equipment manager. He said players felt so comfortable with Logue that he would sometimes watch their children. ''Everyone is feeling this in, I think, the whole organization. That room down there, that's our little world down there, and we were thrown a curveball today."

Cochran said Logue ran the team's equivalent of the ''neighborhood diner," where players and staff go nearly every day they are at home. ''You talk to the guy behind the counter who's cooking your eggs," he said. ''Bernie was perfect for it. He fit right into that whole environment. He did a great job."

Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar said he watched the Celtics game with Logue.

''We watched the Celtics game in the same suite. Bernie truly was a tremendous human being. He is a part of our family," Millar said. ''This kid was awesome. He came in, quit an office job, probably took a huge pay cut, but this was the greatest thing he enjoyed, just coming here and helping out. It's a tremendous shock to all of us."

Millar noted that the postponement of Saturday's Red Sox game may have played a role in the tragedy. ''If we were playing, this probably wouldn't have happened. We got rained out and we all went to the Celtics game. It makes you wonder."

Globe correspondents Jack Encarnacao and Heather Allen contributed to this story.

Bernie Logue was a favorite with Red Sox players and staff.
Bernie Logue was a favorite with Red Sox players and staff.
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