Man found dead inside Atlanta bathhouse

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A man was found dead inside a gay Atlanta bathhouse on Tuesday afternoon, with Atlanta police and Fulton medical examiners trying to piece together how he died.

An Atlanta police spokesperson said officers responded to Flex after the man's body was discovered inside the sprawling facility on 4th Street next to the Downtown Connector. But police do not suspect foul play.

“No foul play suspected at this time and cause of death has not been determined,” Officer Ralph Woolfolk says.

The man, a longtime customer, had a history of heart problems and likely died of natural causes, according to Chris Meche, Flex's general manager. Meche declined to discuss other details of the incident pending notification of the man's family. 

An investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner wasn't available for comment on Tuesday.

Flex is part of a company that bills itself as a gay men's social club with sister locations in Cleveland, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

A customer inside the bathhouse said he arrived about 3 p.m., shortly before employees began cordoning off the area of the facility where the man's body was discovered inside an executive suite on the main floor. 

A handful of police officers arrived, questioning employees as about a dozen customers were shuffled to the bottom floor that includes a sauna, steam room and pool during a brief investigation, the customer told Project Q Atlanta. The man asked to remain anonymous.

“It was very quiet. It was all over within a matter of a couple of hours,” the man says.

He says police officers didn't interact with customers. He added that Flex employees appeared distraught during the discovery and investigation by staff from the medical examiner's office.

“They didn't say a whole lot. The people there looked upset,” the customer says.


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