Cleveland Stripper Dies After Balcony Fall
(CLEVELAND) — A Cleveland stripper died after attempting a tricky move during a lap dance that caused her to fall 15 feet from a balcony, according to MetroHealth Medical Center.
Lauren Block, 22, died Wednesday from major head trauma. She’d been in critical condition since her Jan. 2 fall, said the medical center.
Block’s family released the following statement:
“We would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support and prayers for Lauren. She … 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 entertaining a customer on the second floor of Christie’s Cabaret at 12:40 a.m. on Jan. 2 when she attempted a “jump-dance” move that misfired, the man getting the lap dance told police.
“He stated that she grabbed the rail, as he was facing away from the balcony, and she tried to complete some sort of jump-dance move, and accidentally went head first over the rail,” a Cleveland Police Department incident report said.
Block suffered “massive head trauma” and was lying on the floor of the club when police and paramedics arrived, according to the report.
She was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition for a week.
Cleveland Police said they were no longer investigating the incident, which they view as an accident.
Christie’s Cabaret, a chain of “Gentlemen’s clubs,” has not responded to ABC News’ requests for comment.
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