I knew Andrew Embiricos from the scene.
The 25-year-old grandson of movie legend Rita Hayworth and son of Yasmin Aga Khan and shipping magnate Basil Embiricos, he was a strikingly handsome, personable guy who radiated charm no matter what crisis he was weathering.
He battled HIV and had been in rehab to fight drug addictions.
And now, newyorkpost.com reports that Andrew was found dead, with a plastic bag over his head — an apparent suicide.
Or is that really what happened?
He left no note.
His Facebook comments had recently been cheerful.
He was set to go on a trip to London with a friend.
And his viral load had been way reduced.
Yes, he had tried suicide before, but onlookers felt he’d gotten past that extreme despair.
I’ll tell you one thing, though: Andrew was extremely kinky.
Isn’t it possible that Andrew was experimenting with autoeroric asphyxiation?
He tried far wilder things just for breakfast.
Whatever the case, I’m deeply saddened by the loss of someone with such radioactive charisma. Put a bag on any negative comments.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 5, 2011