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Acclaimed NY surgeon found dead in Park Avenue apartment in suspected suicide

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:17:01 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An acclaimed trauma surgeon was found dead with a knife in his torso Sunday in his Park Avenue apartment, New York City police said.

Dr. Dean Lorich, 54, was the associate director of the Orthopedic Trauma Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He was also a professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. He treated Bono in 2014 after the U2 front man was badly injured in a cycling accident in Central Park.

A New York Police Department official told ABC News that the death is being investigated as an apparent suicide. Initial investigations did not find any sings of forced entry at his apartment, the official said. Authorities have not found a suicide note.

Police responding to a 911 call of an assault in a Park Avenue apartment at 1:05 p.m. Sunday found Lorich unconscious and unresponsive with a knife in his torso, according to NYPD. Emergency Medical Serice responders pronounced him dead.

According to the NYPD, there are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

The Hospital for Special Surgery, New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine released a statement of sympathy Sunday evening.

"Dr. Lorich was a distinguished orthopedic trauma surgeon and teacher serving at Hospital for Special Surgery, New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine. We mourn this tragic development and extend our deepest sympathies to Dr. Lorich's family, friends and patients," the statement said.

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