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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

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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.

by Anonymousreply 2304/08/2012

Try reading what you are posting before you post it, OP. Then you can remove the things that don't belong in a repost to another forum so whoever starts to read your post doesn't stop reading it

by Anonymousreply 204/05/2012

[quote] He died under mysterious circumstances, and now a gay angle has been announced.

The story mentions nothing about a gay angle, scandal or mysterious circumstances. Only that he died in bed and there is no evidence of trauma

Happens all the time. People die in bed.

by Anonymousreply 304/05/2012

Perhaps the gay angle is that he died in the Michaelangelo Hotel. Everyone knows Michaelangelo was gay.

Or maybe it has to do with the linens.

by Anonymousreply 404/05/2012

Auto - erotic mummification.

by Anonymousreply 504/05/2012

Then, R5, whether he was gay or not really DOES depend on the linens.

by Anonymousreply 604/05/2012

Vague echoes of the Strauss-Kahn affair are unlikely to tarnish the reputation of Richard Descoings, director of Sciences Po in Paris. Found dead in a Manhattan hotel room Tuesday, he’s considered a possible suicide.

Once again, France awoke this morning to news of a mysterious incident involving one of its more prominent citizens in a New York City hotel. Richard Descoings, director of the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, better known as Sciences Po, was found dead in his room at the Michelangelo in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon.

He was in bed naked, and there were reports that alcohol and drugs were present.

Descoings’s iPhone and laptop were discovered on a landing below. The New York City police said they are treating the incident as suspicious.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told reporters “we are waiting for the medical examiner’s report,” but was careful to add that as yet no evidence had been found of “criminality.” According to law enforcement sources, suicide has not been ruled out.

In the case of Descoings, 53, the implication of early reports suggesting one or two men had been in his room earlier threatened to give a tabloid gloss to what would otherwise be mostly reverential obituaries for the distinguished academic and civil servant.

by Anonymousreply 704/05/2012

Police are investigating whether one man followed by a second man visited Descoings in the middle of the previous night, and left after an hour or so, and if such a visit might be tied to his death.

But a hotel housekeeper said she heard Descoings snoring in his room at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to a well-informed law enforcement source. After the call from Columbia, hotel security checked on him and found him sleeping but alive. He woke up briefly with a grunt, then went back to sleep.

But when Descoings failed to check out at 12:30 p.m., according to this source, security checked on him again 30 minutes later and found him apparently dead, naked, on the bed.

Emergency medical teams were called and tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate Descoings, pulling him off the bed to work on him on the floor.

by Anonymousreply 804/05/2012

New York police say there are no obvious signs of foul play in the death of a French scholar found in his hotel room, but his laptop and cellphone were found on a ledge several floors below.

Police spokesman Paul Browne said Wednesday that Richard Descoings' seventh-floor Michelangelo hotel room wasn't broken into, and his body didn't have obvious trauma.

The naked body of 53-year-old Descoings was found Tuesday afternoon.

Browne says a laptop and cellphone believed to belong to Descoings were found on a third-floor ledge. It's unclear how they got there. Browne says they may have been tossed out the window.

by Anonymousreply 904/05/2012

SCANDAL!

I luuuuuuvvvvv a scandal!

by Anonymousreply 1004/05/2012

Oh my god. He sleeps in the nude? How gay!

by Anonymousreply 1104/05/2012

Not to change the subject, but what a fucking boondoggle excuse for a bunch of University Presidents to snag a long weekend in NYC on the school's dime.

[quote]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.

by Anonymousreply 1204/05/2012

Sounds more like a robbery gone wrong. What would a Frenchman be doing with a computer? According to rethuglican americans, the French wouldn't know what to do with a laptop except use it as a night light.

This sad story is highly contrived.

by Anonymousreply 1304/05/2012

There was quite a lot of speculation and gossip surrounding his private life. He was said to party as hard as he worked, to have gone so far as to put a Jaguar on his wedding registry, to be not so secretly interested in men.

Of course, he was not oblivious to these rumors. In recent months he even discussed, in an interview with the left-leaning newspaper Libération, the possibility that he was the victim of a smear campaign after being “outed” as gay in the pages of Le Monde.

Police say there is no obvious evidence of foul play, but they have not yet ruled out the possibility.

by Anonymousreply 1404/05/2012

[quote]He sleeps in the nude?

Precisely why I bring my own sheets when staying at a hotel.

by Anonymousreply 1504/05/2012

Snoring loudly is a sign of drug overdose. I wish I had a nickel for every drug OD where people who were present heard loud snoring for a while ... Then no snoring. No nothing. "I suddenly realized it was real quiet."

I doubt he awoke and grunted and fell back asleep when the hotel personnel looked in on him the first time. He was probably Cheyne Stoking and the hotel people wanted to get out of there ASAP since he was naked.

by Anonymousreply 1604/05/2012

"Snoring loudly is a sign of drug overdose."

Oh Mary, please.

That makes practically eery guy I've ever spent the night with a junkie.

by Anonymousreply 1704/05/2012

Same thing apparently happened with Heath Ledger, r16.

by Anonymousreply 1804/05/2012

This type of respiration is also often seen after morphine administration.

by Anonymousreply 1904/06/2012

It sounds to me like the French secret service is highly active in New York.

by Anonymousreply 2004/08/2012

According to NYmag:

While Descoings was discovered naked in his room, his laptop and cell phone strewn outside four floors below, no trauma to the body was discovered. The Times reports that "investigators were not yet willing to rule out the possibility of homicide, but they were leaning toward concluding that no criminality was involved." But leave it to the New York Post to make it look sordid.

According to the tabloid, police found "gay-hookup Web sites" on Descoings computer. Anonymous sources — are there any other kind in stories like this? — said the scholar's wife told investigators that he was "really into men … before she met and married him."

The Post claims, "Detectives are looking to question two men who visited Descoings’ room Monday evening."

by Anonymousreply 2104/08/2012

2 weeks until they get back results of tests.

by Anonymousreply 2204/08/2012

NYC is a sick and demented place

by Anonymousreply 2304/08/2012
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