Boy dies after getting stuck in revolving restaurant

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Charlie Holt had wandered away from his family when he got stuck (Supplied)

The family of a young US boy killed after getting his head stuck between a table and wall at a 72nd floor rotating restaurant have released a photo of him following his tragic death.

Charlie Holt was with his family visiting Atlanta, Georgia from Charlotte, North Carolina when they decided to have lunch at the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel's Sun Dial restaurant last week.

The restaurant slowly revolves 360 degrees and gives patrons a bird's eye view of the city from 220m above the city.

They were among the last of the lunchtime diners, with the service officially ending at 2:30pm and the incident happening just before 3:30pm.

Police say Charlie wandered away from his family and got stuck between a wall and a table as the floor moved briefly under before the automatic shut-off stopped it, WSB-TV reports.

Atlanta Police Sergeant Warren Pickard said Charlie's head "took the brunt of the injury", with his whole body stuck in about five inches of space.

Staff and customers were able to eventually free Charlie, but it was too late.

He was taken to Grady Hospital where he later died.

Hotel manager George Reed called the incident a "tragic accident".

"As soon as we learned of the accident, we immediately responded until emergency personnel arrived. We are working with the authorities as they look into this tragic accident and we will continue to assist them in any way we can.  Words cannot express the depths of our sorrow. Our thoughts remain with the family," he said in a statement.

Charlie's family has asked for privacy and for the prayers of others.

"No words can express their loss. If you have a loved one, please give them an extra hug today."

The restaurant will be closed until further notice.