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A 53-year-old man was found dead in an Arkansas hotel bar Saturday evening, according to a report from the Hot Springs Police Department.

About 7 p.m., officers reportedly responded to the bar at Hot Springs Hotel and Spa at 305 Malvern Ave. and found a man later identified as Kenneth Norling, 53, slumped over in a chair, leaning against the wall.

Patrons told officers they thought Norling was passed out, then went over to check his pulse and breathing and found no signs of life, the report stated.

Coroner Ryan Hamilton told police that Norling, a Hot Springs resident, may have been unresponsive for five or six hours, based on the condition of the body and the room temperature of the bar. Hamilton reportedly found no signs of foul play.

An employee told officers that a table of older males had been sitting next to Norling and left about 6:45 p.m., but no one had seen anything suspicious.

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  • gagewatcher
    October 23, 2017 at 3:16 p.m.

    so the waitress didn't come back to ask him if he wanted anything else ? talking about bad service. gee

  • MaxCady
    October 23, 2017 at 3:40 p.m.

    He missed last call!!

  • Eyetrytoo
    October 23, 2017 at 4:21 p.m.

    When my end of life times this is the way that I want to expire - In a nice hotel bar with a drink in my hand. May this gentleman rest in peace.

  • itryed
    October 23, 2017 at 4:26 p.m.

    Travis and Ruby, hope no one in your own family has to go through something like this. This is a tragedy

  • ozena
    October 23, 2017 at 5:25 p.m.

    It's a statistic.

  • DaleH
    October 23, 2017 at 6:23 p.m.

    This is the Hotel Hot Springs, near the convention center. They just spent a lot of money remodeling this place. It’s not a dive. Seems surprising that this guy wasn’t noticed sooner.

  • MaxCady
    October 23, 2017 at 6:51 p.m.

    @itryed, I have gone through this with someone in my own family!! My father died suddenly at 42 years old when I was 15 years old!! How you like that, huh??!!

  • HogJockey
    October 23, 2017 at 10:18 p.m.

    Dale, it must not be too nice if the staff allowed what they thought was a passed out patron to stay there for six hours.

  • scross58
    October 24, 2017 at 12:54 a.m.

    How long do you let passed out patrons remain in your bar, or was it ever covered in training? Passed out people in a bar can be a turn off.

  • KingSolomon
    October 24, 2017 at 8:28 a.m.

    Whatever he was drinking must have been a bit too strong.

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