“Double Suicide” in Gianni Versace’s Former Mansion – .

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“Double Suicide” in Gianni Versace’s Former Mansion – .


FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA – Police say two men apparently committed suicide in a Miami Beach hotel suite that Gianni Versace turned into his mansion, nearly 24 years to the day after the fashion designer’s death on the steps of the building.

Their bodies were found by the household on Wednesday, the day before the anniversary of Versace’s murder by a suspected serial killer.

A preliminary investigation concluded it was an “apparent double suicide,” Miami Beach spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said in an email on Thursday.

The scene has been contained as a result and detectives are still investigating the deaths of Adam Rashap, 31, of Randolph, New Jersey, and Alexander Gross, 30, of York, Pa., Police said.

Versace was shot dead on the morning of July 15, 1997, on his way home from the News Cafe, a few blocks from Ocean Drive.

Andrew Cunanan, who was suspected of killing four gay men in Minneapolis, New Jersey, shot him twice in the head at close range.

Following a massive nationwide manhunt that lasted nine days, Cunanan, 27, committed suicide in a barge where he was hiding several miles from the mansion. His death left the authorities with little answer as to what motivated his killing.

“There was no suicide note and no correspondence as to why he committed the crimes,” Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Barreto said at the time.

In the mid-1990s, along with Giorgio Armani, Versace was considered Italy’s first ready-to-wear designer and a symbol of Italian fashion.

Casa Casuarina was built in 1930 and was divided into apartments when Versace bought and converted the property in 1992. It has been operating as a boutique hotel since 2015.

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