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Teenager Dead Free Fall ICON Park.

Investigators say just after 11 p.m. Thursday, they were called to the park as witnesses reported the 14-year-old boy fell off the Orlando Free Fall ride. 

Orange County Sheriff John Mina identified the teen as Tyre Sampson during a press conference Friday afternoon.

"It appears to be a terrible tragedy," Mina said. "Our prayers and thoughts are with the family." He also said the teen was visiting from Missouri with a friend's family. 

Friday night, ICON Park released the following statement:

"Tonight, the ICON Park family is grieving because of the tragedy involving Tyre Sampson. Our heartfelt thoughts are with his family and friends.

ICON Park is committed to being a place where families can spend quality time together in a safe and fun space.

"We are in close coordination and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement and regulators."

Viewer-submitted video to Spectrum News 13 appears to show Sampson slipping out of his seat as the ride dropped from the 430-foot tower.

The Free Fall, boasted as a record-breaking ride, opened just last year in December.

A vehicle takes riders high up into the sky, then drops at 75 mph, stopping 45 feet from the ground. That is when the teen slid out of the seat.

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