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Another Death At the B.O.B. in Grand Rapids

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Ambulance image copyright Shutterstock, Inc.

There has been another stairwell related fatality at the B.O.B. in Grand Rapids.

They say 36-year-old Kevin O’Brien, a 1996 graduate of Portage Central High School, was taken off life support Monday by his family and has now died after falling four stories early Sunday morning.

He is the second person this year and the third in the last four years to die in a stair well at the Big Old Building, which houses a number of restaurants and bars.

Angela Usher, the sister-in-law of 21-year-old Tyler Usher of Dorr, who died on the main stairwell in 2009, tells WZZM she can’t believe the owners haven’t done something to make them safer. 

Apparently the management had received bids to raise the rails 18 inches after 21-year-old Zachary Bunting fell and died on April 14th in the same stairwell as O’Brien, but the renovations had not yet begun.