Orlando FreeFall ride will be taken down following Florida teen's amusement park death in March

The decision to take down the 430-foot-tall ride at ICON Park was made because of Tyre Sampson's March 24 death.

ByJason Hanna, CNN, CNNWire
Thursday, October 6, 2022
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The family of the teenager who died after falling from an amusement park ride in Florida told "Good Morning America" that his death was preventable.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Florida drop tower amusement park ride from which a 14-year-old boy fell to his death in March will be taken down, the ride's operator said Thursday.

The decision to take down the 430-foot-tall Orlando FreeFall tower and ride at ICON Park outside Orlando was made because of Tyre Sampson's March 24 death, the operator said in an online statement.

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The ride, which had opened only months before Tyre's death, has been closed since. No timeline for taking down the ride has been determined, the statement reads.

"We are devastated by Tyre's death. We have listened to the wishes of Tyre's family and the community, and have made the decision to take down the FreeFall," Ritchie Armstrong, an official with ride operator Orlando Slingshot, said in the statement. "In addition, Orlando Slingshot will honor Tyre and his legacy in the classroom and on the football field by creating a scholarship in his name."

A makeshift memorial for Tyre Sampson is viewed outside the Orlando Free Fall ride at the ICON Park entertainment complex, on April 20, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. Sampson, a teenager visiting from Missouri on spring break, fell to his death while on the ride. (Phelan M. Ebenhack via AP)

This story is developing and will be updated.

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