Renowned French Academic Found Dead In NYC Hotel

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Prominent French academic Richard Descoings was found naked in his 7th floor hotel room at Midtown’s Michelangelo Hotel on Tuesday, with no sign of trauma and no outward evidence of foul play, according to police.

NYPD investigators said colleagues at Columbia University called security to check on Descoings around 10 a.m. after he failed to show up at a scheduled conference at the university. He was alive at the time, but when they checked on him again at 1 p.m., he was dead in his bed.

CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis spoke with a hotel guest and French native staying just down the hall from Descoings.

“I asked what happened. They told me nothing,” she said. “I found that out later in the elevator. Somebody told me somebody had passed away. I asked who it was and they said ‘I don’t know.'”

Police wondered if Descoings may have had a guest in his room who might have been the last to see him alive in the hotel. Robbery did not appear to be a factor.

The hotel was still operating Tuesday, with guests continuing to come and go while the investigation continued.

“I like to stay here. It’s a very quiet, private, classic hotel. It’s not fun right now,” the guest said.

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  • Sailing

    Would have been funny if found at the Sofitel !

  • The Mayor of my Bldg

    So what role did DSK play in this death by misadventure? Also were prostitutes or hotel maids involved?

  • smash44

    Just curious? How do you make a living as a “renowned academic?”

    Wait. Isn’t that what obama is?

  • Moshe

    Sounds like another gay sex pickup gone wrong.

  • Richard

    Sounds like a Hemingway short short story:

    “What’s happening?”
    The man bit his lip.
    “He’s dead.”
    “That’s right. He’s dead.”
    “Who was he?”
    “I don’t know. But he’s dead.”
    “I like to stay here,” he said.
    “I know. You are a good guest. You don’t cause problems.”
    “I try not to,” he said. “But it’s not fun anymore.”
    “You’ll get used to it,” he said.
    The young man finished his drink and turned and walked out the door. It was raining.

    • Mimi

      ha ha ha

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