Family of Cory Barron, Man Who Fell to Death at Progressive Field Concert, Files Suit Against Indians, Live Nation


Update: The family of Cory Barron has filed suit against the Cleveland Indians, Live Nation and Minute Men Staffing. They contend that the door to the chute down which Barron fell to his death during a Jason Aldean concert should have been locked. Previously, all parties involved passed the buck on security issues that night. An inquiry by International Research Group on behalf of the family concluded Barron's death might have involved foul play.

Via Fox 8, who first reported the suit:

“During the evening decedent, Cory Barrron, entered a room in the upper deck of Progressive Field, which had a 5-story garbage chute which led directly to the basement level of the stadium,” the suit stated. “ The aforementioned room was supposed to be locked to prevent unintended access to the room by patrons attending events at the facility as as a basic security precaution.”

The suit further stated the defendants knew the door had been broken, but had failed to repair or replace it.

The suit also said the defendants created “unsafe and dangerous conditions at the facility,” and also failed to provide proper security at the event. 

Update (9/23/2014) : The Lorain County Coroner has ruled the cause of Cory Barron's death as "undetermined" but noted multiple blunt force impacts from his fall down a garbage chute at Progressive Field. Toxicology results showed alcohol in his system could not be "accurately measured due to the state of the body." No drugs were found in his system. No evidence of foul play was discovered.


More than five weeks after 22-year-old Cory Barron's body was found at an Oberlin landfill, the Lorain County Coroner's Office says the toxicology report has still not come back and doesn't have a current estimate on when it will arrive. It had previously told the Telegraph-Forum on Aug. 19 the results would be arriving "any day now" on the Fremont man.

Cleveland police are working the investigation into the dead body and are awaiting the autopsy and final toxicology reports from Lorain.

Barron, police had theorized back in July, might have fallen down a garbage chute some five stories. Witnesses had described Barron as heavily intoxicated. All parties involved have previously deflected questions about security at the venue the night of the concert.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.