Rapper YK Osiris is helping the family of Tyre Sampson, the 14-year-old who died after falling out of his seat on an amusement park ride in Florida, by paying their funeral expenses.
On Tuesday (April 5), Osiris told TMZ at LAX, “Outside of music, I have a big heart. … I know [Sampson’s family] was waiting on the amusement park to do they thing or whatever, but things gotta happen quicker.”
He continued, “So I feel like it was just a devastating thing for the parents, for everybody in his family, so I had to make it happen. Like, somebody have to make it happen and in the celebrity world, we got too much power and we got too much [of] a big platform to not help with things like that.”
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On March 24, Tyre Sampson was on spring break from St. Louis, Mo. when he fell from the Orlando FreeFall drop tower at ICON Park, which takes riders up and then drops them nearly 400 feet at speeds that reach more than 75 mph, CNN reported.
Tyre’s father, Yarnell Sampson, told WTVT that his son began “freaking out, and he was explaining to his friend next to him, ‘I don’t know man. If I don’t make it down, please tell my Mom and Daddy I love them. For him to say something like that, he must have felt something."
Hilliard points out that the negligence of the late teen’s death involved his height, weight, and safety parameters.
“This young man, he was athletic and he was big. He had no way of knowing,” ABC News quoted Hilliard. “This is going to be an issue of a lack of supervision and lack of training. A straight-up negligence case."
On March 28, state officials released records that included the operator’s manual for the ride, WESH reported. The document states the maximum weight to safely ride is less than 287 pounds. The family’s attorney told the station that the teenager, who looked forward to a possible professional football career, weighed more than 300 pounds.
ICON Park said it ordered SlingShot Group, which owns the Orlando FreeFall, to shut down operations until their rides are proven safe. The company plans to cooperate with the investigation, according to WESH.