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Family of drowned Elk Grove man sues Chicago gentleman's club

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The family of an Elk Grove Village man who drowned in the Chicago River has filed a wrongful-death suit against the owners of a gentleman's club the man visited before he died.

Ryan McClelland, 30, accidentally drowned in early April after leaving VIP's A Gentleman's Club in Chicago, whose employees the suit charges were negligent and careless in handling McClelland, who was intoxicated at the time of his death, according to a Cook County medical examiner's report.

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The complaint names as defendant Pooh Bah Enterprises Inc., owner and operator of the club on the 1500 block of North Kingsbury Street.

According to the complaint, VIP's employees removed McClelland from the premises about 1:47 a.m. on April 6. The complaint alleges the employees acted negligently, that they should have known McClelland needed assistance due to his condition and that they had a duty to ensure his safety.

A Chicago police marine unit responded to a call of a possible missing man late in the afternoon of April 6. Police recovered McClelland's body about 7:50 p.m. near the 1000 block of West Weed Street.

McClelland's family seeks damages in the amount of $50,000, according to the complaint.

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