Hotel sued for death of Chinese-Canadian girl


Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles was sued on Thursday for the accidental death of 21-year-old Chinese Canadian girl Elisa Lam.

Elisa Lam’s body was found in a water tank on top of the hotel in February, three weeks after she went missing.

The girl’s parents, David and Yinna Lam, filed the wrongful death suit against Cecil Hotel on Thursday. They claimed compensation for the burial costs of their daughter, and also requested for thorough check of harmful factors in the hotel.

Lam, from Vancouver and traveling alone, had been living in Cecil Hotel and missing since late January, when she stopped making daily contact with her parents.

Workers in the hotel found her dead body in the water tank on February 19 after customers complained about low water pressure.

LA County Coroner’s Office announced an autopsy report four months later and said the girl suffered from bipolar disorder and died from accidental drowning.

Cecil Hotel has not responded to the lawsuit so far.

The case led to widespread speculation about the cause of death after security footage from an elevator camera showed Elisa Lam’s peculiar behavior.

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