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Father Sues Universal Orlando and Loews Hotels After Son’s Suicidal 17-Story Jump from Universal’s Aventura Hotel

The father of a 27-year-old who jumped 17 stories to his death at Universal’s Aventura Hotel last year filed a wrongful death lawsuit last week against multiple organizations, including Universal Orlando and Loews Corp.

Aventura Bar 17 Bistro lounge seating Volcano Bay View
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Alfred Bahna, the father of Matthew Bahna, sued for more than $30,000 in Orange Circuit Court. Matthew Bahna, 27, died after jumping from the Bar 17 Bistro at the top of the currently-closed Aventura Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort.

In the lawsuit, Alfred Bahna accuses employees of serving Matthew enough alcohol that he was “intoxicated to the extent that his normal faculties and judgment were substantially and significantly impaired.”

Matthew, who stood at 5 feet and 3 inches, was served tall drinks over a 90-minute period. Matthew stayed at the bar past midnight, but employees neglected to monitor him as he acted suspiciously, according to the lawsuit. He also attempted to scale the perimeter wall. Right after 12:30 AM and following three attempts, Matthew fell to his death, according to a report from an Orlando police detective.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Universal, Loews, and the Bahna’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts or tendencies, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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1 year ago

Typical American mentality…Always trying to blame others.

1 year ago
Reply to  Julia

No, typical HUMAN mentality.

The father is hurt, angry. He wants this to be someone else’s fault. He doesn’t want this all to be on his son, who he loves and doesn’t want to be the reason this happened. This, if you have an ounce of empathy, is understandable.

That doesn’t mean the father is right, far from it. But it is understandable.