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Man dies after falling from ladder while decorating Pi Beta Phi house



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An 85-year-old man fell from a ladder Monday while hanging lights on the Pi Beta Phi house. The house is located at 928 E. Third St.  Matt Begala Buy Photos

Updated 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

An 85-year-old Bloomington man died Monday evening after falling off a ladder while hanging holiday lights on the Pi Beta Phi sorority house.

IU Police Department officers arrived at 928 East Third Street around 12:50 p.m. to find Billy Joe Marvin Wiley on the front patio receiving CPR from a Bloomington firefighter, IUPD Capt. Craig Munroe said. 

He was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital, where he was put on a ventilator and later died. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, neck and chest, Monroe County Coroner Joani Shields said. It was ruled an accident. 

Wiley is not an employee of the University but was hired by Pi Beta Phi to decorate the building, Munroe said. Witnesses told officers Wiley had fallen from around 12 to 20 feet. Christian Wargo, Communications Director for Pi Beta Phi, confirmed the fall.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Billy Joe Marvin Wiley,” Wargo said. “We wish Mr. Wiley and his family peace and comfort during this difficult time.”

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