The 25-year-old grandson of screen legend Rita Hayworth was discovered dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday night. The Post reports that a friend found Andrew Embiricos "lying face-up on his bed, with a plastic bag over his head."
Sources tell the Post that Embiricos, who graduated from Fordham with a degree in psychology and was involved with charitable organizations, had attempted suicide before and the Daily News reports that the ME's office initial cause of death is "apparent suicide." However, Michael Musto writes on his Village Voice blog:
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 more than once 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, which is rare for a suicide.
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.
The News notes, "In 2007, The News’ Gatecrasher column revealed he led a double life as an amateur porn enthusiast who had posted porn videos on XTube under an alias."
Embiricos was the son of Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, daughter of Rita Hayworth and Prince Aly Khan. A spokesman for his uncle, Prince Karim Aga Khan, whom the News calls the "spiritual leader of the 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims worldwide," said, "We do not know what happened yet, and we would appreciate everyone’s privacy for the family."