Image: Bryan Stow
Beck Diefenbach  /  Reuters
Bryan Stow, shown here on the scoreboard before a MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco and St. Louis, was attacked and beaten on March 31 by two men in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 8/1/2011 6:58:46 PM ET 2011-08-01T22:58:46

A key witness in the beating case of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow died of an apparent allergic food reaction, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Matthew Lee, who was termed an important witness by a source, died suddenly after eating a salad that contained nuts, which caused an allergic reaction. The coroner reportedly has not determined a cause of death.

Officials reportedly have additional evidence in addition to the eyewitness account Lee was to have provided.

Stow and Lee went to the Los Angeles Dodgers' opener on March 31 with a group of friends when Stow, 42, was brutally beaten afterward in the parking lot. Police said he was wearing Giants apparel and was taunted by two young men, who then assaulted him with blows to the back and head.

Stow suffered brain damage in the attack and remains hospitalized.

HBT: Stow allegedly was last of several attacked

Two men suspected in the beating, Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, have been charged with assault and mayhem in connection with the beating. The two made their first court appearance on Monday. They will not be arraigned until Aug. 10.

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