Monday, February 27, 2012

Death pays a visit to the Fontainebleau's LIV [UPDATED x3]

UPDATED at 6pm, Feb. 25: The Miami Herald's David Smiley reports "a delay in emergency response may have contributed to the death of [Gomez."]

UPDATED at 1:15pm, Feb. 25: Victim's name is Albert "Floppy" Gomez. His friends are tweeting condolences on Twitter.

UPDATED at 10am, Feb. 25: The New York Post's Page Six reports that friends of the victim told Miami Beach police he had been "drinking and doing cocaine earlier [in the evening."] The Post says the 31 year-old man and his friends arrived at LIV after attending the Heat/Knicks game Thursday night.
Earlier this month, it was announced that the Fontainebleau's swank nightclub, LIV, came in at #5 on Nightclub and Bar's 2012 list of the highest grossing nightclubs in the country.

One website says, "With over 18,000 square feet of striking architectural design and lavish decor, LIV sets the stage for the ultimate nightlife experience. A voyeuristic design throughout the nightclub gives guests a bird's eye view of the celebrities, VIPs and Miami's most beautiful crowd."

In other words, LIV's clientele are there to escape reality.

But, early Friday morning reality paid a visit to LIV. According to several witnesses, a man collapsed in the club.

Miami Beach police spokesman Det. Juan Sanchez told me late Friday that Miami Beach Fire Rescue responded to the posh club "shortly after 2am Friday morning."

A male, according to Sanchez, was transported to Miami Beach's Mount Sinai where he later died.

Sanchez was unable to reveal the man's name or age and whether or not his next of kin had been notified.

At least one non-police source familiar with Miami Beach's nightclub scene reports that the man may have suffered a drug overdose.

Former Miami Beach police chief Carlos Noriega is reported to be working at the Fontainebleau as head of security.

I'll update when I get more details.

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