Man, 26, who was allegedly punched by security guard, DIES after nearly 3 weeks in coma


The man who police say was assaulted in February by a security guard at the popular Nashville, Tenn., bar Tin Roof has died.

Cause of Death

Austin Turner, who turned 26 while in a coma, died on Thursday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after suffering severe brain injuries that he sustained during what police are calling an ‘altercation.’

According to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, Richard Cornelius, 36 — who was a licensed security guard at Tin Roof on Demonbreun Street — struck Austin, ‘causing him to fall to the ground unconscious’ in the early morning hours of Feb. 18.


Security footage allegedly shows Cornelius swinging numerous times before hitting Austin.

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Injuries Leading to His Death

Austin suffered a skull fracture, subdural hematoma, massive strokes and received an emergency craniotomy, according to a GoFundMe created for his family. He was in a coma for nearly three weeks.

Cornelius was charged with aggravated assault, but has since been released on a $25,000 bond. According to a statement from MNPD, detectives are now ‘in conversation with the District Attorney’s Office about subsequent charging decisions.’

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