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Father blames Chicago topless bar for son's death

By Annie Cosby | Jul 21, 2014

A man is suing over claims his son sustained fatal injuries while leaving a topless club near Goose Island.

Thomas McClelland, individually and special representative of the Estate of Ryan McClelland, filed a wrongful death lawsuit July 16 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Pooh-Bah Enterprises Inc., doing business as VIP's A Gentlemen's Club.

According to the complaint, Ryan was at the defendant's strip club on North Kingsbury Street in Chicago on April 6, when employees removed him, but failed to render aid when they should have been known his condition required help.

McClelland alleges that as a result of the club's negligence, Ryan suffered injuries which led to his death. Published media reports state Ryan's body was found in the Chicago River and according to an autopsy, the 30-year-old's death was caused from drowning with alcohol intoxication listed as a secondary factor.

The suit against the club includes three counts of wrongful death alleging voluntary undertaking, premises liability and duty to aid.

McClelland is seeking more than $50,000 in damages and is being represented in the case by attorney Colin H. Dunn of Clifford Law Offices P.C. in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L007450.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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