Man Dies After Fall at Atlantic City Hard Rock Casino

  • The 30-year-old fell from the second floor onto a lobby area in the casino property
  • New Jersey police are currently investigating the incident that reportedly took place around 4am
  • Atlantic City casinos reopened July 2 post-pandemic, with revenues starting to recover
  • Two Vegas shootings are among a number of incidents to occur in close proximity to casinos
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Altantic City signage
A man has died following a fatal fall in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Fatal fall under investigation

A man has died after falling from the second level of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on September 28, landing on the floor of a lobby inside the property. The authorities are still investigating the incident. 

Local emergency medical technicians and security officers at the Hard Rock attempted to resuscitate the 30-year-old man from Rochester, New York. Despite their efforts, the man was eventually pronounced dead. Police reports did not specify if it was the gaming floor lobby or the hotel lobby that the victim fell onto, giving no indication of the height of the fall he suffered. 

attempting to climb over a divider on the second floor

Initial police inquiries indicate that the man was attempting to climb over a divider on the second floor at around 4am, with officers responding within ten minutes. Further police investigations and a likely autopsy will seek to learn more about the cause of the fall. Internal surveillance footage at the casino is being used as part of the investigations. The victim’s name has not been publicized, and there is currently no information about his condition prior to the fall.

Police are appealing to potential witnesses and others who may have seen the man before the incident to come forward. A spokesperson from the Hard Rock property extended condolences to the victim’s family. 

Tough times for Atlantic City casinos

Atlantic City properties are trying to recover after ceasing all business activity on March 16 and being unable to restart operations before July 2 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The city’s casinos have reopened their doors at just 25% capacity, with extensive health and safety rules in place.

Many casino employees lost their jobs as casino businesses resumed. The Borgata property laid off 2,295 staff at the end of August, representing about 42.5% of its total workforce.

Monthly casino revenue for Atlantic City properties has been recovering since gambling operations restarted. The Hard Rock facility recorded total casino win of $32.87m for August 2020 – reaching 85.5% of the $38.45m it generated in August 2019.

Other recent serious incidents

As well as yesterday’s tragic fall at the Hard Rock in Atlantic City, a few other notable incidents have occurred in close proximity to US casinos in recent weeks.

Two shootings took place close to Las Vegas casino properties over the past week. The first happened outside the Strip’s ARIA Resort & Casino just after 11pm on September 22. The suspect fired a number of shots in front of the casino, which led to one person suffering minor injuries. A second shooting followed Sunday night at about 11pm on the sidewalk between the LINQ and Flamingo hotel-casinos. One man was left critically injured. 

Las Vegas has reported a recent increase in crime since its casinos reopened following the pandemic shutdown.

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