The father of 14-year-old Tyre Sampson, the young man who died in a fall from a ride at Orlando’s Icon Park gave an emotional interview this weekend about the loss of his son. He says Try had a bright future and was headed to East St. Louis High to play football with his dreams set on a professional career.
Meantime, there is a growing memorial at the scene of Tyre’s death and a cousin of tyres is heading up an effort to collect signatures on a petition demanding the ride be permanently closed.
Tyre Sampson Cause Of Death
Williams recalled Thursday night when Tyre Sampson, 14, lost his life after somehow falling out of his seat from the ICON Park Free Fall ride.
He is being remembered as a kindhearted, exceptional student who was an absolute standout on the football field.The memorial for him is growing at the Orlando Free-Fall at ICON Park.
The family wants you to see his smile, his sweet soul…. Not just that tragic video of his final moments.
Two high-profile attorneys are preparing to file a lawsuit saying Sampson was not properly secured.
How Did Tyre Sampson Die?
He died while on the ride at ICON Park.
Tyre Sampson, fell to his death while riding an Orlando-area drop tower attraction, according to officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Several law enforcement officers, firefighters, and paramedics responded to ICON Park in Orlando, Florida late Thursday evening after a 911 caller reported the incident at the popular tourist attraction on International Drive.
Witnesses on the scene told deputies that someone had fallen off the Orlando Free Fall ride, which opened in December 2021.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed that a 14-year-old boy was transported to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.
“It appears to be a terrible tragedy,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said during a news conference on Friday, but says the investigation is still open. “Our prayers and thoughts are with the family,” he said.
He was visiting Orlando from his home in Missouri with another family in Central Florida.
The ride will remain closed during the investigation.
Investigators with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will be at ICON Park on Friday to investigate the incident, said Erin M. Moffet, a spokesperson for the agency, which inspects various attractions and rides.
She said the agency was unable to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation.
According to ICON Park’s website, the Orlando Free Fall stands at 430 feet, “making it the world’s tallest freestanding drop tower.” The ride can accommodate 30 riders when loaded to capacity.