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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The grandmother of UT fan Isaac Grubb, who fell to his death at the Georgia Dome, says she cannot believe he's gone.
Around 8:30 p.m. on Friday night, the 20-year-old Lenoir City native fell nearly 45 feet from an upper-level seating area, landing on another fan on the mezzanine level below.
Isaac suffered severe injuries and was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He was pronounced dead at 11:58 p.m.
His grandmother, Knoxville resident Mary Grubb, spoke to 6 News, telling us she chose to speak out as a tribute to Isaac.
"He's more than just a picture or a name in a newspaper or on Facebook. He was just a super human being," said Grubb.
She says she cannot believe he's gone.
"We're in a total state of shock. I have terrific support from friends and family. It's gonna be rough," she added.
Isaac's father called her from the hospital in Atlanta just after 3 o'clock this morning. Losing her grandson is something she can't wrap her head around.
"I would have loved to have seen him a grown man. I think he'd have been fantastic," said Grubb.
For now, she's clinging to the memories. While looking through old family photos, she remembers Isaac as a trailblazer.
"He was the heart and soul of this family, being the first grandchild. He made the spot for the rest of them to join him," she said.
He was dedicated to his family and his friends, the very same ones he'd had his entire life.
"Isaac was a fun guy to be around. He had lots of friends. There was always joking and laughing and he would tell stories," she said.
It was those close friends he was with at the Tennessee game last night, there to watch his favorite team, the Vols, play.
Mary says he had his bedroom at home fully decorated in UT orange.
"He had said a picture is worth a thousand words, but the experience is worth a thousand pictures. He wanted to get out there doing things. He didn't want to just sit and watch it," she said.
Although thinking about the tragic accident brings unspeakable pain, she knows he was doing exactly what he would have wanted.
"Even though he lost his life, it was probably the time of his life that he was having at that moment," she said.
But what she and the rest of the family want is for something good to come out of this tragedy so that no other family ever has to go through something as unimaginable as this.
"It's too dangerous, the way they have things structured. They need to have taller railings so that people can't tumble over," she said. "I don't know how we're gonna get through it. But we will," she said.
Funeral arrangements have not been set.
Isaac is an organ donor, according to his grandmother.
The fan Isaac landed on was a 34-year-old male from Ft. Mill, South Carolina. He sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from Atlanta Medical Center.