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Ocean Springs, MS -- A construction worker who fell from a balcony while rebuilding a famous Ocean Springs home has died.
Gerald Moran, 42, died this morning, 8 days after an accident that caused brain and spinal cord injuries. He fell into a coma shortly after arriving at the hospital and his health continued to deteriorate.
Moran was working on a famous Ocean Springs home - formerly owned by Chicago mob boss, Al Capone. The home was called Del Castle-Legate Place while Al Capone used it as his hideout during prohibition. It was later called the Lee House and Casa Flores. The home was demolished with plans to become a museum, but a new home was built in its place instead.
Moran worked in construction all his life and had a 7 year old son. The accident happened when Moran was pulling a board from the roof, and the board slipped faster than expected, throwing him off balance. He fell off of his ladder.
It doesn't appear he had any safety equipment. A hard hat could have saved his life.