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Moncton casino employee dies from injuries sustained during assault


The New Brunswick RCMP Major Crime Unit is investigating the death of an employee at Casino New Brunswick in Moncton, N.B.

Cpl. Hans Ouellette of the New Brunswick RCMP said members of the Codiac Regional RCMP responded to a report of an assault on Casino Drive on March 4 around 12:50 a.m.

"A 56-year-old man from Moncton was transported to hospital with what were believed to be serious injuries," said Ouellette in an email.

The man died on March 28 in hospital as a result of those injuries.

A 50-year-old man from Riverview, N.B., was arrested at the scene the night of the alleged assault.

"He was later released pending a future court appearance," said Ouellette.

Krystel Frenette, the victim's daughter, confirmed to CTV News on Tuesday that Rodney Frenette was the man assaulted at the casino and who later died.

According to Rodney Frenette's obituary, he had a long career in the gaming industry and was the food and beverages manager at the casino and oversaw two restaurants.

The exterior of Casino New Brunswick in Moncton, N.B., is pictured on April 4, 2023. A police investigation is underway after employee Rodney Frenette died following an alleged assault at the casino. (Derek Haggett/CTV)

"He loved his job and he cherished his wife and daughter and in turn, he was loved by many who will miss him dearly," read the obituary.

A spokesperson for WorksafeNB says its team did an inspection to make sure occupational health and safety rules were being followed and did not issue any orders. Laragh Dooley says because the death is a criminal matter the RCMP is leading the investigation.

“This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the worker’s family, friends and co-workers,” wrote Dooley in an email to CTV News.

A celebration of Rodney Frenette's life will be held at the casino Wednesday afternoon.

“Rodney was a dear colleague and friend to many in the Moncton community and we are devastated by his passing. Our focus at this time is to support his family and the Casino New Brunswick team,” said both Casino New Brunswick and Great Canadian Entertainment in an email to CTV News. Top Stories

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