Cleveland exotic dancer dies after strip club fall

Lauren Block, 22, injured Jan. 2

CLEVELAND - An exotic dancer who fell 15 feet while giving a lap dance at a Cleveland strip club has died.

Lauren Block, 22, was hospitalized in the early morning hours of Jan. 2 after she fell from the second floor balcony at Christie’s Cabaret.

"(The man who was receiving the lap dance) 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," according to a police report.

Block was rushed to the hospital with head injuries and was initially listed in critical condition. She died Wednesday.

"We would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support and prayers for Lauren," Block's family said in a statement Wednesday. "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."

Police said two men who witnessed the incident fled the strip club as soon as it happened, but detectives said they are not treating Block's death as a criminal case.

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