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Family Of Restaurant Owner Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The family of a Germantown restaurant owner that was found dead in a cooler has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Jay Luther, co-owner of Germantown East Cafe, died after carbon dioxide poisoning from dry ice last June. Luther was locked in the walk in cooler of the restaurant with the dry ice after the door jammed. He did not have his cell phone with him to call for help.

He reportedly hit a panic alarm to call for police, but when police arrived they didn't see any sign for forced entry and concluded a power outage had made the alarm go off.

His body was found two days later after en employee showed up for work and called the other co-owner to let him in.

The lawsuit filed by family last week names the cooler company, the company that delivered the dry ice, and Metro Police for negligence.

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