Pittsburgh police yesterday confirmed that they have opened a wide-ranging probe of a Strip District club where a 31-year-old Youngstown man was found dead this month. The body of Cleophus Pettway was discovered Jan. 4 in a private room at Club Pittsburgh, a popular meeting spot for gay men at 1139 Penn Ave. that was the focus of a June complaint to the city about illicit sexual activity. The Allegheny County medical examiner's office is awaiting the results of toxicology tests before determining what happened to Mr. Pettway, but his death has pushed police to take a closer look at the club. "It's just a general investigation to see if there is any criminal activity," said police Cmdr. Cheryl Doubt, head of the narcotics and vice squad. Rick Watling, an attorney for the club's owners, Peter Karlovich and Steven Herforth, said his clients are cooperating with police. "Above all else, Club Pittsburgh is most concerned about the tragic loss of Mr. Pettway and extends sympathy to his family and friends," Mr. Watling said in an e-mail. A source who was briefed by detectives involved with the case said the theory is that Mr. Pettway's death was precipitated by the inhalation of a video head cleaner spray sometimes used as an intoxicant. Neither Cmdr. Doubt nor Mr. Watling would comment on that theory, but cppleasures.com, a Web site affiliated with Club Pittsburgh, advertised the sale of Maximum Impact, a "premium head cleaning solvent" in an aerosol can, as recently as Dec. 29. The product has since been removed from the site. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, video head cleaners -- called "poppers" -- often are used to enhance sex. Dozens of Web sites sell a range of brands. A December posting at clubpittsburgh.blogspot.com recounted the story of a club-goer who inhaled the head cleaners: "We once had a customer who would purchase phenomenal amounts of Maximum Impact. (Available at cppleasures.com for only $18!) By 'phenomenal,' I do not mean 3 or 4 cans. I mean 30 or 40. If we recycled her [sic] popper cans, we'd have had enough metal to create the world's first all-aluminum bathhouse. He huffed & puffed & blew our sales through the roof." The posting came from a blog called "A Night at Club Pittsburgh," which is also the name of a pornographic video filmed at the club. A Web site advertising the video features explicit pictures of sexual acts and invites potential viewers to "spend an evening at Pittsburgh's ever popular Club Pittsburgh." Last week, city officials acknowledged that they had threatened to close the club in August because adult-related activities don't comply with its permit to operate as a health and fitness center. The city later withdrew the closure order after the club's owners, Mr. Karlovich and Mr. Herforth, met with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's chief of staff. The club owners have made political donations to the mayor and held a fundraiser for him at their Mount Washington home. But he has denied giving the pair special treatment in their dealings with the city. Kjuan Patterson, a barber from Warren, Ohio, who had been a close friend of Mr. Pettway for 10 years, said that the deceased sometimes slept at Club Pittsburgh when he traveled from Youngstown to Pittsburgh to socialize or to work with a friend's tree trimming business. The club "was a place where he went just to relax," Mr. Patterson said. "It was a place where nobody bothered him." He said Mr. Pettway was an only child whose father died before he was born. He graduated from high school in Youngstown, went to Ohio State University, joined the Iota Phi Theta fraternity's Beta Mu chapter, and studied business, but didn't graduate. "He was a dancer," said Mr. Patterson. He even choreographed moves for kids putting together talent show acts. He also played basketball, sang in a gospel group and wrote songs, though he couldn't play an instrument. "He would always write music and write poetry, but never publish anything." Mr. Pettway "was the kind of a person that everyone wanted to be around. ... He loved everybody, black, white, gay, straight." Mr. Patterson said that a benefit for the Pettway family in Pittsburgh last week raised $3,000 to help cover funeral expenses, and other benefits are being held this month. According to Mr. Watling, Club Pittsburgh also has contributed a private gift to Mr. Pettway's family. Should be noted Club Pittsburgh also donates to the Mayors' Electon Funds.. also in Bold. Silly faggots Dust off goes in your anus not your lungs..