CLEVELAND – The exotic dancer who fell 15 feet at a strip club in Cleveland’s Flats District has died.
According to MetroHealth Medical Center, 22-year-old Lauren Block of Richmond Heights died Wednesday.
Block’s family released the following statement :
“We would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support and prayers for Lauren. She has passed away but is an organ donor, and we hope this will enable her to save many lives and live on through others. We would like to express our gratitude to the staff at MetroHealth. They worked tirelessly to do all they could to save her life. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time. We know that she’s in God’s hands.”
Block was taken to the hospital in the early morning hours of Jan. 2 after she fell from the second floor balcony at Christie’s Cabaret on Main Avenue.
A man who was getting a lap dance from Block explained to police what happened.
“He stated that she grabbed the rail, as he was facing away from the balcony, and she tried to complete some sort of dance jump/dance move, and accidentally went head first over the rail,” stated the officer in the report.
A witness told NewsChannel5 Block was not moving after the fall.
Block was rushed to the hospital with major head injuries and was initially listed in critical condition, the police report said.
Police said two men who witnessed the incident fled the bar as soon as it happened, but detectives are not treating this as a criminal case. The report said the video surveillance inside the club was inconclusive.