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Museum Visitor Dies After Trying To Slide Down Third-Floor Banister

Kirkland Dawson, a 34-year-old New York-based attorney, toppled over the third-floor staircase railing and landed on the ground floor of the Brooklyn Museum. The tragedy occurred during the museum’s monthly “First Saturdays” program, and Dawson was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, but he died from his injuries the next day.  In an interview with a newspaper, Dawson’s family revealed that the museum never reached out to them about the accident, as Hyperallergic detailed: 

 Dawson’s family told the newspaper that the museum never reached out to them to provide details about the accident or offer condolences. “I wish they would call,” the deceased’s mother, Kathy Dawson, told the Daily News. “They haven’t offered me condolences or anything,” she added. “To not even get a call saying we’re sorry or anything, nothing.”
“We’re really just hearing word of mouth what happened,” said the victim’s sister, Taylor Dawson. “We still don’t really know. No one at the museum has reached out to his mom or me,” she added. “A detective reached out to my mom and said it was a freak accident,” Dawson continued. “He was falling from some type of landing and couldn’t stop his fall from the stairwell he was on. They said he suffered brain damage and head trauma.”

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