Crawford and his friends had returned to the hotel after their night out and decided to go for a swim. His friends later noticed he was missing and then discovered him at the bottom of the pool. They performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived. He was later pronounced dead at 3:38am. No "immediate signs of foul play" have been found but still, this is utterly tragic news.
A HotelChatter reader, Jonathan, was staying at the hotel last weekend and heard of the news on Sunday morning. He told us that immediately, the pool was closed and the water drained. He also said that he was told the pool would no longer be open 24 hours for guests as it previously has been. Instead it will be closed off to guests from the hours between 3am and 6am.
We think that's a good decision on the Ace Hotel's part. Hopefully, this type of tragedy can be avoided in the future--not just at the Ace Palm Springs, but at every hotel pool.
[Photo courtesy of HotelChatter reader Jonathan]