Report: Coroner Takes Man From Club Fort Lauderdale

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Club Fort Lauderdale, advertised as an American Sauna, was the scene of a grizzly discovery, an eyewitness told SFGN.

“It was not a good scene,” said Kurt, who spoke to SFGN Friday morning but would only give his first name. “You could tell someone was non responsive.”

Club Fort Lauderdale, Kurt said, was on “lockdown” from 2:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 14.

SFGN visited the Broward Blvd. location shortly after 10 a.m. Friday and spoke with manager Kevin Barnett who declined to comment.

Kurt, however, tells a tale of a man, described as a white male in his 60s, lying on the floor of a Club Fort Lauderdale fetish play room. Fort Lauderdale police were involved, Kurt said, as was the medical examiner’s office, which retrieved the body.

“We did have a death there,” Fort Lauderdale Chief of Police Rick Maglione said. “No crime is suspected at this point.”

Maglione said next of kin must be notified before a name is released and the medical examiner's report determines cause of death.  

The response from police and staff at the club was poor, Kurt said.

“There needs to be more monitoring,” Kurt said. 

Kurt said he is not a regular at Club Fort Lauderdale. He referred to himself as a “patron” and said he likes to use the club’s Jacuzzi.

“I thought it was poorly handled,” Kurt said. “The whole place should have been cleared. There were quite a few people affected by it.”

Club Fort Lauderdale, 110 NW 5th Ave., is one of eight private saunas and gyms for adult gay and bisexual men. The facility is open 24 hours, seven days and week, 365 days a year.

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