What led to Manhattan pulmonologist Dr Ravindra Rajmame dying of a heroin overdose? Found with glassine envelopes with heroin residue next to his body.
The nydailynews reported the well regarded medic found lying on his bed inside the Park Avenue South apartment near E. 28th St. around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Police told of drug paraphernalia surrounding Rajmane’s body, including several glassine envelopes stamped with the words ‘Knock Out King,’.
Notice of Rajmame’s death comes after the doctor who worked as a pulmonologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, hadn’t been seen for several days.
His body was found when someone dropped by to check in on him Tuesday morning. He had been dead for at least two days, a police source said.
Following the pulmonologist’s death, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce made a public plea Wednesday for information about the potentially deadly batch of heroin.
‘Glassine envelopes with the stamp KNOCK OUT KING were discovered at the scene,’ Boyce tweeted. ‘If you have any info on this stamp call CrimeStoppers at #800577TIPS #OpioidCrisis.’
It wasn’t clear how much heroin the doctor had taken and where ‘he scored’ his supply and how often the man used.
The doctor’s sudden death comes as the city grapples with an unprecedented opioid epidemic. More than 1,374 people died of drug overdoses in the five boroughs in 2016, 437 more than the previous year.
The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, which is presumed to be the result of an overdose.
A graduate of the University of Chicago and Jefferson Medical College, Rajmane joined NYU Langone in 2015.
‘The concept of helping everyone is what inspired me to practice medicine,’ Ravindra Rajmame said in a press release announcing his hiring. ‘No matter your ethnicity, political views, or religion, if you’re sick in the hospital you will be cared for.’
Detectives are investigating an overdose death in #Manhattan which occurred earlier this week. Glassine envelopes with the stamp KNOCK OUT KING were discovered at the scene. If you have any info on this stamp call CrimeStoppers at #800577TIPS #OpioidCrisis
— Chief Robert Boyce (@NYPDDetectives) December 13, 2017