Monday, August 23, 2010

Update: Death At Rehab At The Hard Rock Hotel


There really isn't much more to report about the death at the Rehab Pool at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, since this morning.

From the Las Vegas Sun: "Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said the county's fire department responded at 5:45 p.m. Sunday to a report of a man with a head injury in the pool area of the Hard Rock, 4455 Paradise Road.
The man was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The coroner's office identified the man as Matthew Williams, 27, of Happy Valley, Ore."


The LVRJ, the other Las Vegas newspaper doesn't mention anything about the death.

Fox 5 says that perhaps the man drowned. I would find that hard to believe since the pool probably is at most 3 feet deep in the deepest area. (see above photo)


Here is the web site for Rehab: http://www.hardrockhotel.com/#/relax/beach-club/

I find it hard to believe that Metro police is not investigating, but they are probably convinced that no crime was involved. I really don't know who would investigate the accident- maybe who ever regulates the swimming pools in Clark County or the family's attorney. Perhaps, the coroner's office may investigate if the victim was highly intoxicated, which we don't know.
So, Hard Rock is not talking and probably won't. It is funny that we don't have any eyewitnesses to show what really had happened.
Strange, but this is the second death in Las Vegas that is indirectly involved with a reality TV show. We just got done with a coroner's inquest of a police shooting that was being covered by Langley Productions, which is associated with COPs and Rehab, which is on Tru TV.
So, RIP, Mr. Williams and bless your family. I hope that the family can find out what happened. And if you visit pool parties in Las Vegas, please be careful. It can be dangerous when you have a lot of people, hot weather, people being distracted, shallow water and wet pavement. Not to mention booze and drugs. Please be careful.
Update: From a reader who was there, this was a diving accident.
Condolences to the family.

17 comments:

  1. It's easy to drown in 3 feet of water if you hit your head. He probably dove into the pool, not realizing how shallow it is. While it is a tragedy for the man and his loved ones, considering the large number of people who attend Vegas pool parties, it is not surprising that there was eventually a tragedy. There have been a handful of drownings (usually children) in the Wisconsin Dells waterparks over the years.

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  2. I was there nothing more than a simple diveing in and the water only being three feet deep. This is a horrible accident and my prayers go out to this young man's family. Unfortuantly beer and liquor may make you feel invincible.

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  3. Matt just so happens to be my cousin and this has been a devastating loss to our entire family and Matt's friends. He was a smart, fun and loving person who is missed terribly. This could happen to anyone and we all wish it did not happen to us. I love you Matt.

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    1. This sounds really weird...and I'm really new at this and I mean no disrespect, but I felt a presence in my room while staying here, a young man, my age and I asked what did he want, and he pointed down to the pool and showed me his head -- then I was curious and googled it and came across the news articles. Did he have a jean jacket? His hair hung in his eyes? I asked him to give me something to prove to you and he says "Woo hoo!!" green skittles/M&M's something like that? Does any of this makes sense or am I completely crazy? Please feel free to contact me should any of this resonate? (I have no idea what I'm doing??)

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  4. Thank you 1 anon for the information.
    To 2 anon, my condolences to you and your family.

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  5. there has been no evidence and no actual eye witness to support a diving and/or head injury!! if you saw him and know what happened (not theory) you should contact the authorities and/or the family - they are looking for answers to this terrible tragedy!

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  6. I am basing this on a previous comment here and the comments in the newspapers.

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  7. I was in vegas this sunday, and sadly witnessed this event. i was there partying in the pool and he was standing up outside the pool, he slipped and hit his head on the concrete.

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  8. Don't belive everything that the newspaper says not everything is true and matts not a fucking idiot he would never dive into a 3 foot pool drunk or sober anyways love you Matt.


    Oh and fuck the hard rock hotel

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  9. THE POOL IS NOT! 3FT DEEP AT ITS DEEPEST... I KNOW BECAUSE I WAS THERE ... I SAW WHEN THEY PULLED HIM OUT. AND EVEN CLEARLY REMEMBER JUMPING IN MYSELF AT ONE POINT AND SINKING ALL THE WAY IN AND IM 5'9 .... PRAYERS GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY.

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  10. Well, it seems like we have two different accounts to what happened. Interesting.

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  11. I was there, and my close friends were off duty paramedic/firefighters who tried to help him but were told to back off by staff. The Hotel staff EMT's who actually worked on him were clueless and had no skills. They didn't use an oral airway, attempt to suction him, or even provide any oxygen with a Bag Valve mask which might have saved his life. I hope the family sues the hotel and requests video of what happened because it will prove that Matthew had a chance at life before the staff EMT's got to him. It is clear that their negligence in care is what killed him.

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  12. To anon- those sound like very Basic EMT skills and sounds like they were either not equipped or not skilled enough to do anything.
    It's a shame that Metro did not investigate further, but I suppose since no crime occurred, they didn't care.

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  13. Matt was a dear friend of a close friend of mine and who I last saw at the beginning of August. May he rest in peace and my sincere condolences to his family and friends

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    1. Again, no disrespect - does your name begin with a Brenda or Brendan or something like that? If it does please contact me.

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    2. I asked him to give me something to validate: He says something about teeth, like braces - like he's making fun of you.

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