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Man dead in branch of Chicago River
Associated Press
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Published: 3/10/2010 12:00 AM

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Authorities say a man believed to have been in his early 20s died after he jumped into Chicago's once-notorious Bubbly Creek to elude police.

Chicago Police spokesman Dan O'Brien says the man was one of three who were being pursued by officers Tuesday evening for allegedly spray-painting a building. O'Brien says the man was in the water for nearly an hour before he was pulled out by the crew of a police boat.

He was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital.

Bubbly Creek is formally the South Fork of the Chicago River's South Branch. It got its nickname back in the days of the Union Stockyards, when it was used as a dumping ground for slaughterhouse waste, and its surface literally bubbled from underwater decomposition.