A prominent New York surgeon who treated celebrity patients, along with firefighters and police officers, died on Sunday from an apparent knife wound to his chest, authorities confirm.
The New York Post reports that Dr. Dean Lorich, a notable Manhattan surgeon, was found in his Upper East Side apartment on Sunday afternoon, dead from a knife wound. Police said that the surgeon’s 11-year-old daughter was in the apartment when they arrived. The child alerted the doorman at the Park Ave. apartment that her father had been injured, and the doorman called 911.
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According to authorities, there were no signs of forced entry into Lorich’s home. They found the doctor lying on the bathroom floor at around 1 p.m. with a knife wound close to his heart. It’s still unclear whether authorities have a suspect in custody, but friends who learned of Lorich’s death were saddened and shocked.
“This is horrible, this is horrible. I don’t believe this,” said one of Lorich’s colleagues who stopped by his apartment while police were still present.
The colleague, who declined to give her name, dropped down to her knees in prayer after she heard the tragic news.
Matt Long, a firefighter treated by Lorich in 2005 was also shocked when he learned what happened. The surgeon helped Long recover after a bus ran over the firefighter a few days before Christmas.
“He was a good doctor, and a good man. He saved and helped so many people. He gave me back my life, and my family and I are all devastated,” Long, 51, said. “He came to my wedding. He was part of my life … This guy did so much for me.”
Lorich also treated U2 lead singer, Bono, after the musician was injured in a 2014 cycling accident in Central Park.
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[Feature Photo: Dr. Dean Lorich/Hospital for Special Surgery]