Renowned French Academic Found Dead In NYC Hotel

April 3, 2012 12:00 AM

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 "

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