Stripper Who Gained National Attention After Falling From Balcony During Lap Dance Dies in Hospital

After spending a week in critical condition at the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, exotic dancer Lauren Block succumbed to injuries she sustained after hitting her head in a 15-foot fall from a strip club balcony.

The accident, which gained national attention last week, occurred around 1 AM on January 2nd inside Christie's Cabaret, where Block was employed.

According to a Cleveland Police Department report published by The Smoking Gun, the 22-year-old was performing a lap dance on 25-year-old Pasquale Storino, when she attempted a complicated "jump/dance move" and fell head-first over the second-floor balcony rail.

Block suffered major head trauma, from which she never recovered.

Following news of her passing, Block's family released the following statement:

We would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support and prayers for Lauren. She has passed away but is an organ donor, and we hope this will enable her to save many lives and live on through others. We would like to express our gratitude to the staff at MetroHealth. They worked tirelessly to do all they could to save her life. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time. We know that she's in God's hands.

No criminal charges were filed, but OSHA said it would be investigating the incident.

[photos via The Smoking Gun, Christie's]