DOUBLE SUICIDE: Men From NJ, PA Found Dead At Gianni Versace's Former Mansion In Miami

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Who killed Versace Gianni?

Versace was murdered by Andrew Cunanan, a spree killer who had earlier murdered four other men (including real estate developer Lee Miglin). Cunanan committed suicide on a houseboat eight days after Versace's murder. wikipedia.orgWikipedia: Gianni Versace

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Housekeeping found the bodies of Adam Rashap, 31, of Randolph, New Jersey, and Alexander Gross, 30, of York, Pennsylvania, inside of The Villa Casa Casuarina luxury hotel around 1:20 p.m., law enforcement in Miami said.

Miami Beach spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said the deaths are being investigated as suicides.

Serial killer Andrew Cunanan killed Versace at the mansion on July 15, 1997, and took his own life eight days later.

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Miami Beach police suspect 2 men found in former Versace mansion died by suicide

NBC2 News 17 July, 2021 - 04:01am

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. / CNN — Two men who were found dead in a hotel room at the former Gianni Versace mansion in South Beach apparently died by suicide, police said.

Housekeeping discovered the bodies on Thursday, which was the 24th anniversary of Versace’s death.

On the morning of July 15, 1997, the famous designer was coming home from a cafe that was just a few blocks away from his mansion.

As he walked up the steps to his home, serial killer Andrew Cunanan shot Versace in the head. Cunanan is suspected of killing four other men.

He killed himself eight days after the murder, while on a houseboat.

The building was built in 1930. Versace purchased Casa Casuarina in 1992 and spent millions renovating it.

Versace’s family sold the building in 2000 and it went back on the market in 2012. It became a boutique hotel in 2015.

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Police: 'Double suicide' at Gianni Versace's former mansion

WATE 6 On Your Side 17 July, 2021 - 04:01am

2 men found dead in former Versace mansion in Miami Beach ahead of anniversary of designer's death

USA TODAY 17 July, 2021 - 04:01am

Two men were found dead inside a hotel that was once home to Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace. He was killed there on July 15, 1997.

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Two men were found dead inside a Miami Beach hotel room at the former home of Gianni Versace, one day before the 24th anniversary of the Italian fashion designer's murder.

Police and fire and rescue units found the bodies in a room at The Villa Casa Casuarina after receiving a call from housekeeping, Miami Beach police said Wednesday. Police said the scene was contained to the hotel room and a preliminary investigation revealed the deaths to be "an apparent double suicide," according to public information officer Ernesto Rodriguez.

The hotel, located along Ocean Drive in tourist-packed South Beach, said in a statement to USA TODAY that staff are cooperating with local authorities in the ongoing investigation.

"We are heartbroken by tragic events at the Villa Casa Casuarina," the statement read. 

The building was built in 1930 and purchased by Versace in 1992. On July 15, 1997, Versace, 50, was shot in the head on the steps of his mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan as he returned home from the News Cafe, a few blocks away. 

Cunanan was suspected of killing four other men across the country over the course of nearly three months. He was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound eight days after killing Versace.

Cunanan's crime spree was portrayed in FX and Ryan Murphy's television series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story in 2018.

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Miami Beach Police Identify Two Men Found Dead At Former Versace Mansion On Miami Beach

CBS Miami 17 July, 2021 - 04:01am

MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Miami Beach police have released the names of the two men who were found dead at a hotel that was the former Versace mansion on South Beach.

Miami Beach police said on Wednesday, just after 1 p.m., they received a call from housekeeping at The Villa Casa Casuarina in the 1100 block of Ocean Drive. Arriving officers and fire rescue found two men dead in one of the hotel’s suites.

The men have been identified as Adam Rashap, 31, from New Jersey, and Alexander Gros, 30, from Pennsylvania.

Both had gunshot wounds to the head.

The preliminary investigation ruled it an apparent double suicide.

Famed Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace was gunned down outside his South Beach mansion in a murder that stunned South Florida along with the rest of the world.

3/16/93, Gianni Versace looking out from a second story window overlooking his patio. during the renovation works of his mansion. Marice Cohn Band/Miami Herald Staff– (Permission to republish provided by the Miami Herald Media Co.)

It was July 1997. The designer, 50, had just unlocked the gate of his home after having breakfast at the News Café on Ocean Drive when a man in his mid-twenties, serial killer Andrew Cunanan, pulled a gun and shot him twice in the back of the head.

7/15/97 – Blood on the steps of Gianni Versace’s Ocean Drive mansion in Miami Beach. Randy Bazemore/Miami Herald Staff– (Permission to republish provided by the Miami Herald Media Co.)

Versace’s blood stained the coral front steps of the property after the shooting. The world-famous, part-time resident, lived in the home for five years before his murder.

The manhunt for Cunanan, once a male prostitute, made international headlines in the days that followed.

He was suspected in the murders of four other men and was already on the federal ten most wanted list at the time he shot and killed Versace.

A little more than a week after Versace’s murder, Cunanan killed himself on a shuttered houseboat about 40 blocks north of the mansion as police closed in.

At Versace’s funeral in Milan Italy a week after his death, celebrity mourners included Elton John, Georgio Armani, and Princess Diana, one month before her own death in Paris.

The mansion was sold in 2013 VM South Beach LLC which also owns the Hotel Victor next door to the former mansion.

York man was one of two found dead in an apparent double-suicide at former home of Gianni Versace in Miami earlier this week

FOX43.com 16 July, 2021 - 03:38pm

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A York man is one of two men who apparently died by suicide at Miami Beach mansion that once belonged to fashion designer Gianni Versace, almost 24 years to the day after the fashion designer was killed there by a suspected serial killer.

The bodies of Alexander Gross, 30, of York, and Adam Rashap, 31, of Randolph, NJ, were found by housekeeping staff on Wednesday, one day before the anniversary of Versace's death. 

A preliminary investigation determined both men died in "an apparent double suicide," the Miami Beach Police Department tweeted.

The ultimate cause of death will be determined after autopsies are performed by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office, the tweet added.

UPDATE: The preliminary investigation revealed this incident was an apparent double suicide. The ultimate cause of death will be determined by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office.

Versace was shot and killed by Andrew Cunanan on the steps of the building on July 15, 1997. Cunanan, 27, who was suspected of killing four gay men in an interstate killing spree that stretched from Minnesota to New Jersey, later took his own life in a houseboat, reports at the time stated.

Versace's fame reached its apex in the 1990's, when he was considered to be one of Italy's top fashion designers along with Giorgio Armani.

His former home, which was built in 1930, has operated as a hotel since 2015, reports from Miami say.

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Versace Mansion Tragedy: Cause of Deaths Revealed After 2 Men Are Found Unresponsive - E! Online

E! NEWS 16 July, 2021 - 02:15pm

On July 14, Miami Beach police and fire rescue located two bodies inside of the property now known as The Villa Casa Casuarina Hotel, the same location Gianni Versace was murdered.

Based on the incident report obtained by E! News, the preliminary investigation revealed the discovery was an apparent double suicide. Now, the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department is sharing their findings.

According to the investigations report reviewed by E! News, housekeeping staff unlocked the Villa Suite after a guest failed to check out. Soon after, a housekeeper found two men unresponsive on a bed. 

Police found the decedent with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. "The decedent was observed to be holding a hand gun," the report stated. "The male individual who was unresponsive beside him was also found to have a firearm in his hand. Two notes were left on scene."

According to the report, both males died from gunshot wounds in a manner of suicide. They both had a history of mental health diagnoses including depression and anxiety.

This week's discovery inside the former Versace mansion came just one day before the 24th anniversary of the murder of Versace, who was gunned down at the property.

Followers of the case—or those who watched American Crime Story—may recall the fashion designer was returning home from a morning walk in 1997 when Andrew Cunanan allegedly delivered a fatal shot to the back of the head. Eight days later, Cunanan killed himself on a houseboat in North Miami Beach.

Versace's death attracted the eyes of Hollywood in recent years. Ryan Murphy previously explored his murder in the second installment of FX's true crime anthology series American Crime Story. The season would go on to win multiple Emmys.

As for the mansion itself, the infamous property was originally built in 1930, but later purchased by Versace in 1992.

According to the hotel, the fashion designer invested an additional $32 million in renovations, adding the south wing, the pool and garden and turning the 24 apartments into 10 large suites in the original house and an additional two new suites in the south wing.

After his death, the property was sold and transformed into a hotel and event space. 

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