TODAY   |  October 08, 2012

Man dies in wedding brawl caught on tape

Police in Philadelphia are investigating a wild scene at a hotel where a brawl broke out between two wedding parties that ended with injuries, arrests and one man’s death from a heart attack. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

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>>> police in philadelphia are investigating a wild scene at a hotel over the weekend. a brawl involving two wedding parties that ended with injuries, arrests and one man's death from a heart attack . nbc's katy tur that is the story. good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, savannah. the nasty crash was all caught on tape. right now they are not sure how it all started but police here in the city of brotherly love say it was too many people with too much to drink, and now one of those families is in mourning. this isn't the wedding video they were hoping for. watch as philadelphia cops try to break up a fight between not just one but two wedding parties early sunday morning. look carefully, and you'll see a woman in white fall to the ground.

>> did somebody just hit the bride?

>> reporter: that is max from films the whole thing from the philly sheraton .

>> started punching each other and hitting each other and the police came in and started clubbing people.

>> reporter: police tell nbc news as many as 100 people were locked in this brawl which started with one wedding party in the hotel bar and escalated when someone from another wedding party arrived and was hit with something. police had to call for backup not once, but twice, and said all of the chaos was made worse by alcohol. a number of people were injured, and a 57-year-old man believed to be the uncle of one of the brides suffered a heart attack and died. a family's happiest day turned into its ugliest.

>> the sheraton couldn't really do much. it was out of their hands. there were too many people who probably had too much to drink

>> reporter: sheraton released a statement saying they were cooperating with the ongoing police investigation and offered heartfelt condolences to the family. as of now, one person is under arrest for assault. more charges could come. philly police say they are reviewing that videotape to see if anything could have directly contributed to that one man's death. savannah.

>> katy tur in philadelphia . 7:15.