PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — The president of a Tennessee variety show venue says one of its workers has died after a carbon dioxide leak.
The Oak Ridger reports that David Fee, president and CEO of the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, issued a statement Thursday saying theater technician Josh Ellis has died.
The 38-year-old Ellis died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he had been placed in a medically-induced coma.
Authorities said Ellis and two employees who went to check on him were found unconscious during a performance March 3. Hundreds of people were evacuated. The two surviving workers were released from a hospital within hours.
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A theater official has said the leak stemmed from a valve left open on a machine that uses carbon dioxide to create fog.
Information from: The Oak Ridger, http://www.oakridger.com