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ME: Socialite Carlisle Brigham’s Death Was Accidental

Brigham, Daughter of Ex-NYC Budget Director, Fell Down Flight Of Marble Stairs
Carlisle Brigham (credit: Facebook)

Carlisle Brigham (credit: Facebook)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The death of a Manhattan woman found bleeding from her neck in the stairwell of an apartment building has been ruled accidental, according to the NYC Medical Examiner.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond On The Story

Carlisle Brigham, 29, was discovered around 11 a.m. Monday by a tenant of the walk-up on 191 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side.

The medical examiner said Brigham died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck which is consistent with a fall down the stairs.

Brigham was staying with a friend in the building and fell down a flight of marble stairs, said police spokesman Paul Browne.

Brigham was the daughter of a former city budget director, James Brigham Jr., now a prominent St. Louis investment banker. She once worked at the American Museum of Natural History and was married last year.

She had split from her husband who was working in London at the time of her death, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

Mizanur Rahman, 19, said when he first found Brigham, he did not realize the severity of the situation.

“She was laying face-flat on the floor on the 1st floor and she appeared to have urinated on herself. When I went closer I saw blood and that’s when I knew something serious really happened. I just thought she just tripped and fell,” Rahman told Diamond.

When he called 911, the operator instructed him to begin CPR.

“So I flipped her over and that’s when I saw that she had blood on her nose, her mouth, her throat,” he said.

Brigham was rushed to Beth Israel Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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