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July 18, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Lawsuit claims Oregon man died upside down on therapy table

PORTLAND — A family’s lawsuit says a 64-year-old Deschutes County, Ore.,  man died after he was stuck upside down for a “prolonged period” in an inversion therapy table marketed by a Puyallup company as a way to relieve back pain, improve joint health and build muscle tone.

The lawsuit says Gary Lee Price of Bend couldn’t get the device to return to the upright position and couldn’t remove himself from it, The Oregonian reported.

The Medical Examiner’s Office said he was asphyxiated and ruled the death an accident.

Medical experts say a prolonged period of hanging upside down can lead to severe injury or eventually death, The Oregonian reported.

The lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Eugene, Ore., seeks $1 million from STL International Inc. of Puyallup.

The company manufactures a variety of inversion therapy tables under the Teeter Hang Ups brand name. The company promotes the product on TV and online.

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