CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
Asher Mendonsa passed away yesterday. In May of 2005, the then 17-year old and several friends entered the abandoned Parkway Towers property, next to Finley Stadium, to take pictures. Mendonsa fell through the floor of the structure, landing nearly 40 feet below. It was an accident that left Mendonsa paralyzed.
Also, in 2005 a tree crashed into the family home on Alabama Avenue in St. Elmo, Asher's 20-year old sister was lost in a traffic accident in Red Bank. The community rallied around the Mendonsa family. Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield set up a family fund to help them out with expenses, citing their generosity to the area through work with the Inner City Ministries and Widow's Harvest.
The Mendonsas filed a $12 million lawsuit against the owner of Parkway Towers saying he had failed to maintain the structure to protect individuals from becoming injured.
After months of rehab at The Shepherd Center in Atlanta, the St. Elmo teen returned, and under the professional name Asher Love resumed his art, opening the Asher Love Studio and Gallery.
According to his obituary, Asher Mendonsa's health began declining in September of 2013 as a result of his paralysis. He died April 22 at the age of 27.