Doran George

Professor dies in ‘mummification bondage’ ritual at home of top Hollywood agent: Coroner

A recently-publicized autopsy report has shed light on what led up to a UCLA professor’s death during a BDSM gathering at a Hollywood executive’s home last year.

Doran George, also known as Duncan Gilbert, 48, died during a get-together at Skip Chasey’s Los Angeles home on November 17, 2017. According to Fox News, Chasey is an executive with the William Morris Endeavor agency who was widely known in the BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism) scene, where he went by the pseudonym “Master Skip.”

The coroner’s report recently obtained by KNBC stated that George, who went by gender-neutral pronouns, “was covered head to toe by plastic tape and gaffers tape with small breathing holes at the mouth and nose.” Amid the “recreational mummification bondage,” the decedent’s partner noticed that George wasn’t breathing and called 911 before taking off the tape, according to the report.

Variety reported that paramedics found George in cardiac arrest and was ultimately pronounced dead.

Days before the deadly incident, George and Casey had reportedly held a gathering at Casey’s basement, which the report described as “a BDSM-style dungeon.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Casey and George had been in a relationship for seven months at the time of George’s death.

“We understand that the police file is closed and no charges were brought,” a WME spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. “If other facts develop, we will re-evaluate the situation and determine any appropriate action to take.”

The coroner has been unable to pinpoint an exact cause of death, according to Variety. Casey’s attorney, John Duran, told the magazine that the bondage was consensual and noted that authorities haven’t found the mummification caused George’s death.

According to an online memorial, George was a child performer in the UK who received a Ph.D. in somatic dance training from UCLA. George went on to become an instructor at CalArts, UCLA, and UC Riverside. KNBC reported that the college’s LGBTQ studies department installed a memorial for the late professor.

“It’s been very sad and traumatic for Skip,” Duran said. “It’s someone he had an ongoing relationship with. Nobody expected it to end this way.”

[Featured Image: Doran George/UCLA]