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Man at Philly Gay Bar Dies After Being Punched by Bouncer

Thursday April 28, 2022
Originally published on April 28, 2022

Eric Pope
Eric Pope  (Source:YouTube/CBS 5 Philly)

A Washington DC man is dead after allegedly being assaulted by a bouncer outside a Philadelphia nightclub.

As reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Eric Pope, 41, was reportedly escorted out of Tabu Bar & Lounge around 1 a.m. before he was punched by a bouncer. The hit caused Pope to fall unconscious and later pass away in the hospital from sustained injuries.

A warrant has been issued for bouncer's arrest for a third-degree murder charge, reported CBS3.

The company employing the bouncer, Mainline Private Security, reportedly has a history of complaints.

"Court filings show that Mainline has been sued a dozen times since 2020, frequently over bouncers' alleged use of force or failure to summon medics in response to injuries," The Inquire reports. "At least one of those lawsuits involved another Center City bar that shares an owner with Tabu."

Tributes from loved ones and friends of Pope poured in via Facebook, describing him as a "sweet and lighthearted person."

Whether his death will be treated as a hate crime has not been disclosed.

Some gathered at a Philadelphia park in Central. City to remember him on Wednesday night, Channel 5 CBS News Philly reported in the video below.