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Le Scandal! Renowned French Professor Dies in NYC

Ran across this story in the Times this morning and figured this married professor (who was fondly remembered by President Sarkozy) was hooking up online. He died under mysterious circumstances, and now a gay angle has been announced. What's with all these guys in NYC being killed by murderous tricks??? About 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a bus carrying an erudite group of passengers departed a Midtown hotel bound for Columbia University. Aboard were university presidents from institutions as far away as Bangkok and Qatar. They had convened in Manhattan for a conference focusing on the global surge in the population of young people. Connect with NYTMetro Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for news and conversation. Enlarge This Image Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times The Michelangelo Hotel, where Mr. Descoings was found dead Tuesday. Enlarge This Image Philippe Wojazer/Reuters Richard Descoings As they filled the bus that morning, few of the scholars seemed to notice the absence of one of their better-known colleagues, Richard Descoings, who had been with the group the evening before. In any event, the bus did not wait for Mr. Descoings, the leader of a distinguished French university, the Paris Institute of Political Studies, better known as Sciences Po. It was not until late morning that colleagues began to grow concerned that Mr. Descoings was missing, and someone phoned the Michelangelo Hotel where he was staying to check on his whereabouts. Hotel security workers went to his room on the seventh floor at about 10:50 a.m., and he appeared to have been sleeping. About two hours later, after Mr. Descoings had missed his hotel check-out time, the workers returned to his room, and found him unresponsive. Emergency medical workers were summoned and, after trying to revive him, pronounced him dead, the authorities said. On Wednesday, investigators were not yet willing to rule out the possibility of homicide, but they were leaning toward concluding that no criminality was involved, the authorities said. Police investigators found no sign of trauma on the body of Mr. Descoings nor any evidence of a struggle, said Paul J. Browne, chief spokesman for the New York police. Investigators “haven’t determined that there was foul play” in the death, he said.

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