Ralph Polanec, local hotel executive, dies at gym, defibrillator didn't work

      Ralph Polanec (Photo: IHR Executive Training Program)

      A local hotel executive died over the weekend at a Balance Gym in Thomas Circle.

      Ralph Polanec, the general manager of the Hamilton Crowne Plaza in Northwest D.C., died of natural causes, specifically due to hypertension and a lack of blood flow in his arteries.

      But when gym employees tried to use a defibrillator to resuscitate Polanec, they found that the batteries were dead and had been removed from the unit, WTOP reports.

      In a statement, Mark Crick,the owner of the gym, said Polanec was a longtime member of the gym and a personal friend of his.

      Crick says that a complete investigation into the incident is being undertaken.