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Lawsuit filed over New Year's party death - http://www.startribune.com/462/story/903705.html

The death of a young man who had been hit in the chest while dancing was ruled an accident.

By Anthony Lonetree, Star Tribune
December 28, 2006

Arms flailed and bodies careened in the 43 seconds it took for a hardcore punk band to kick into song, and for Calvin Harris, 19, to lie dying on the basement floor of a Minnetonka home last New Year's Eve.

Harris, who had dreamed of opening a motorcycle shop, was pronounced dead within the hour from a blow to the chest -- the victim of a rare medical phenomenon known as commotio cordis, or "concussion of the heart."

On Thursday, his family filed suit against the homeowner, Marilee Conklin, who was not home at the time, and against her son, William Conklin. He allegedly struck the fatal blow, said Marshall Tanick, an attorney for Harris' family.

No criminal charges were filed in the case, deemed an accident.

A message left at the Conklin home on Thursday wasn't returned. Marilee Conklin, reached at work, said, "I have no comment."

Tanick, however, said this week that the Conklins were negligent, and that the incident should serve as a cautionary tale for anyone who might leave young New Year's Eve revelers unattended.

"Do you remember the movie 'Risky Business'?" Tanick asked, referring to the Tom Cruise film in which the star's character turns a suburban home into a party haven while his parents are away. "This takes 'Risky Business' to new heights."

Harris' death, caused as it was, also is believed to be the first of its kind linked to mosh-pit-styled dancing, Tanick said.

Dr. Barry Maron, a Minneapolis cardiologist who tracks commotio cordis cases, said Thursday that the incident proves that such deaths can occur "under any circumstances."

If there was a lesson to be learned from the accident, he said, it was that "nobody should ever hit anybody in the chest, period."

Even if struck with modest force, a blow to the chest, if delivered in the wrong place -- just over the heart -- and at the wrong time -- during 1 percent of the heartbeat -- can cause an electrical disruption triggering a heart attack.

Only about 15 percent of victims in such cases survive, according to a 2003 report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Caught on video

Harris, who lived in Plymouth, was on Christmas leave from Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix when he went to the party in the 4800 block of Diane Drive in Minnetonka.

A widescreen video taken at the party reveals a low-key affair at first, with about 15 young people gathered in what appears to be a living room. The party has yet to get started.

A quick cut puts the viewer in a narrow basement rec room. A four-piece band warms up, and with a martial-music-styled blast of drums, the first song begins.

Two young men swing their arms in quick bursts, as if simulating roundhouse body punches. Harris, with a red baseball cap, enters the screen from the left, brushing a dancer in a black cap in the back, and pushing the second dancer toward the wall.

'Breathe, breathe'

About 40 seconds into the song, the man with the black cap -- William Conklin, according to Tanick -- leans with his right shoulder toward Harris, and like a boxer trying to sneak punches while in a clinch, churns his arms at Harris in a flurry.

Although it is not clear in the video that any contact is made at that time, Harris steps toward the band, raises his arms, lurches three more steps and collapses.

"Breathe, breathe" are among the final words heard before the camera -- then shooting from an angle to the side and above the prone Harris -- is turned off.

This week, Minnetonka Police Chief Joy Rikala said the fatality was "a fluke." The Hennepin County medical examiner's office also ruled the death as accidental.

In an interview, Tanick said there may have been "bad blood" between William Conklin and Harris, and that Conklin might have struck Harris intentionally out of jealousy. He did not elaborate.

Even if the blow were accidental, Tanick added, he believes the Conklins should be held accountable.

The suit seeks more than $50,000 in damages.
 

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"Do you remember the movie 'Risky Business'?" Tanick asked, referring to the Tom Cruise film in which the star's character turns a suburban home into a party haven while his parents are away. "This takes 'Risky Business' to new heights."

Also from now on EVERYTHING has to be explained in relation to similar events that occured in slightly crappy but much loved 80's movies

"Dude, do you remember that movie The Breakfast Club? where Emilio Esteavez gets all stoned? Well this skunk takes 'The Breakfast Club to new heights"
 

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Holy shit, sounds exactly like the death move from Kill Bill 2, strike just above the heart after the start of a heartbeat. Scary shit
 

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Didn't someone die at a Therapy? gig in the early nineties, or is this urban myth. Saw them in McGonagles back in the day, and 'NO MOSHING or STAGE DIVING' posters were everywhere, and rumors that someone had died at an earlier gig!?
 

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I think RN'RMF should have a strict "WHAT HAPPENS IN THE PIT, STAYS IN THE PIT" policy

I had these friends when I was younger and they were having an arguement over this girl they both went out with and they conductucted a message to each other via mutual friends that they would see each other "in the pit" haha.
Great times.
 

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