Rita Hayworth's Grandson Dead In Suicide: Or Was It?

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Patrick McMullan

I knew Andrew Embiricos from the scene.

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 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.

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. Put a bag on any negative comments.



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Michael Hunt
Michael Hunt

In journalism school I was taught suicides aren't allowed to be reported in the media out of respect for the person's family. I guess that rule doesn't apply here. Mr. Musto, I know you were trying to get to the truth and I usually enjoy reading your column but I'm sorry, you went way over the line. Your piece is disrespectful and embarrassing to Andrew's family. How would you like it if there was an article written about a member of your family announcing that they died of autoerotic asphyxiation?

Walker G.
Walker G.

Just a note to mention that people about to commit suicide often appear very elated during the days or hours beforehand because they have made a decision and feel at peace.  Also, it is not uncommon for a suicidal person to have events, such as a trip, planned prior to committing the act.  Often this is because they made the plans before they decided to kill themselves, or because they are easing suspicions, thereby lessening the chance of intervention.

State
State

No respect for the dead. Gross! Im done with you and the Voice. Michael, way to support your community. Then again you really have never done any thing worth while except thrive off off other peoples misery.

Dashiel
Dashiel

I'm not sure why you felt it neccessary to share this information.  You may have known him from the scene but clearly you were not his friend, nor did you care about him or his family.  This post is proof of that.  Sensationalizing someone's death is not journalism, it's just sensationalism.  What would have been really shocking would have been a column with paragraphs instead of one liners for shock value.  But that would have required effort and compassion.

George
George

How could you possibly defend this tacky line in your piece?? "Put a bag on any negative comments."  The boy was found with a bag over his head!  Come, on, Michael... 

If you would at least apologize for this tacky choice of words, I would have some respect for you.  

Solomon Barnett
Solomon Barnett

At the end of the day it is what it is. Nothing about this post is disrespectful. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck... then it must be a duck. Its a shame when people are afraid to state the obvious. Does anyone really know what happened? No. Is it okay to assume? Damn right.

Kennykennynyc
Kennykennynyc

the negative comments are so out of place regarding musto piece , micheal liked the guy and reported on the facts , its not desrpectful to be honest .its brave and educates.

John Meier
John Meier

Your gross. How dare you write something like this.

AlexanderWanderlust
AlexanderWanderlust

What a loathsome Troll you are Michael Musto!!  And what a horrid horrid self proclaimed  friend you turned out to be . Don't be  confused by someone being polite and thanking you by sending you a box of candy . You met him in a nightclub a handful of times and then proceed to write something nasty and are now spreading the same shit in his sad passing. His  personal life should be just that. I think Bitch Troll from Hell hit it right on the nose about you. 

George
George

from musto's FB page:  "Michael Musto I'm getting crucified for saying it might well have been an accident. Not sure why people want to stick with the suicide angle."  PUHLEASE, musto -- people aren't crucifying you because you innocently suggested that andrew's death may be an accident, they are criticizing you because of overall salacious and TACKY nature of your little "report."  i find it hard to believe he was a "friend" of yours -- with friends like you, who needs enemies??  shame on you.

Soft&LovelyNYCTS
Soft&LovelyNYCTS

Andrew is a public figure. It seems too me like all this biting at Michael just stems from all the SHAME & JUDGMENT many people have about their own sexuality or other's.  So Ms. Musto is making a few of you squirm because of the shame about HIV or alternative sexual practices. He's actually doing everyone in society a favor by bringing it too the light & creating discussion which creates CHANGE.  Oh and if you disagree with this post and want a debate don't waste your time because I'm off too do my nails...What I suggest is picking up the mirror and have that discussion with yourself. 

bitch troll from hell
bitch troll from hell

Everything you write lately sounds like a sound byte.  And your increasingly self aggrandizing writing ("dreamy photo of me", "brilliantly played a part in a video") is annoying and reeks of low self esteem. 

Guest
Guest

you should be fired as a reporter for your disgusting and nearly slanderous reporting of this story.

vince7748
vince7748

What a horrible end for one so young, I'd hate to think he was in such dispair and no one knew enough to reach out to him, so very sad !

LLL
LLL

f*ck off Musto, how much did you get paid for your "friend from the scene" dirt?

Gigi Suvari
Gigi Suvari

Why all of the lurid details about him being kinky and posting videos on xtube?  Is there no dignity in death?  Poor guy.  

Sylvianne Baker
Sylvianne Baker

I want to express my condolences to Andrew's friends & family. Such a tragic loss of such a beautiful soul, inside & out.

The coolest guy here.
The coolest guy here.

My money is on autoeroric asphyxiation.   I think Musto has a good point.  The "bag" on negative comments may have been bit much.  but you can't really do anything with the subject of  death other than to laugh.

Adam JW
Adam JW

Whoever wrote this is displaying extreme immaturity and an overwhelming insensitivity. Mind-numbingly unprofessional, too. Shame on you. Have some compassion.

Human
Human

Where is some actual proof of your accusations about Mr. Embiricos? Where do you have proof that he was battling HIV? Are you a psychologist who knows how people considering suicide think? With this being such fresh news, you might want to reconsider your reputation if you're going to be this disrespectful. Everyone will just know you as being a gossiper. Have some respect for the deceased. 

JB720
JB720

I met Andrew once through a mutual friend. He was charming, classy....radiant smile...I was very smitten to say the least. I knew of his issues and I wish I could've helped...although the street in me would've probably just smacked him around until he got it together.

The best thing we can all do when something like this happens is learn to appreciate life and use our short time on earth wisely. No matter what the cause of death...he is gone...and nothing can change that.

I pray for Andrew...his family...his friends. And I hope he is in a better place now.

Petulia
Petulia

I love how 30 years after gays took to the streets to scream "Silence equals death," AIDS is still considered a dirty word. An obit that mentions that the person had battled HIV is considered "distasteful" as if it represents a bad person. If it had said "Andrew had battled diabetes," no one would say a word. 

Brandon h
Brandon h

"Put a bag on any negative comments." REEEALLLY should have rephrased that.

Baby
Baby

He was a great person and a good friend to me so when you try to write things to get your name out there about his dark side is not cool

Baby
Baby

You piece of fucking shit. Go fuck yourself you didn't know him I guess Andrew was one of the best people I know. How dare you say that about him you fuck

Sickspazmoid
Sickspazmoid

I think Michael has the best intention to cast doubt on the sentiment that Andrew's death was not likely a suicide. However, I think, although an advocate of "if you don't laugh you cry" -- the attempt at hypothesis and humor under the circumstances could smack of sNarK-castic to Andrew's "near and dears." Michael may have Fonzied on this one and jumped the shark a bit, but I truly believe his heart is in the right place.

Amg88
Amg88

Wow!  And they say women are bitchy; ain't nothing on you gay boys.  

Mr. Know-It-All
Mr. Know-It-All

How Tacky! Is Musto so desperate to show how chummy his is with the rich and fabulous? The man's not even buried yet and this petty queen is flapping her gossipy gums. What about respecting his family's privacy in their time of grief? I'm sure they'll be very happy to hear, and to have the rest of the world hear, how "extremely kinky" he was as they prepare his funeral.

Peter Notman
Peter Notman

I am saddened by this tragic news.Andrew was a  brite lite who was only in my life a short time .rest in peace you beautiful man.

MrMiracle1000
MrMiracle1000

Musto's column at this early hour was extremely tacky. But you do yourselves no favors by comparing his looks and with Embiricos's or anyone else's. Watching the latter's friends come out to defend him on this and other sites could have been a positive experience. Instead, I'm seeing the phrase "the scene" (oh, how I wish that one would die already) used by them as though they invented it, reading idiotic comments equating looks and youth with superiority, and bemoaning people who are over 30 going out and daring to show their wrinkled faces in public. It doesn't say much about you "scene" or the people in it. You all need to grow up- especially if you plan on growing older.

Jonster
Jonster

Sorry to hear about this.  I read that Andrew's father also committed suicide.  I have a friend, whom I worry about on occasion.  Both his father and grandfather killed themselves.  Like Andrew, my friend has every material comfort and a loving relationship of many years.  Still, he mentioned one day he was by his pool and thought how easy it would be to put a plastic bag over his head and jump in.  I wonder if there's a genetic causation factor.   Fortunately, my friend is still around, I hope for a long time.  RIP Andrew.

Jim
Jim

that's a bunch of horse shit.  "He's actually doing everyone in society a favor by bringing it too the light & creating discussion which creates CHANGE. "  i almost spit out my coffee when i read that, and i'm quite sure "ms. musto" did, too -- if he even bothered to read anyone's comments on his TACKY little account of this poor boy's death.  I wonder, michael, if you would say you "knew me from the scene?"  i've certainly met you numerous times over the years, and the couple times i've tried to talk to you, you've been a real bitch.  HA!  i did just spit my coffee out a bit over that one!!  :)

Gregorama
Gregorama

And your foolish misinterpretations of MM's writing would be laughable if they weren't so idiotic. Has anyone ever explained to you the difference between satire and seriousness? And I love how you've chosen this moment to jump on the "kick Michael" bandwagon....gotta love those "fans" who try to kick a guy while he's seemingly down (though he ain't).  Please go back to Hell...or atleast stop posting stupid nonsense about a column/blog you clearly can't comprehend? 

Dan
Dan

Mr. Musto stepped much farther over the line than "He had HIV."  *That's* what people have an issue with.

Jim
Jim

I thought about how to respond to your comment, but then i saw the following rrsponse, and I could not say it better, so here it is:  ""This isn't an obituary; it's a slimy gossip rag. Obits are written by loved ones who can decide for themselves what to say about the cause of death. I don't care how well Michael Musto thinks he knew Andrew Embiricos, it's unconscionable to blab about his medical history, mental health status, and sexual peccadilloes so soon after his death--especially since his family has made a specific request to respect their privacy. Musto hasn't just done this here on his own blog, but also to the press and t.v. news--all in the name of being a caring friend. What a self-serving, hypocritical turd!"

Mr. Know-It-All
Mr. Know-It-All

This isn't an obituary; it's a slimy gossip rag. Obits are written by loved ones who can decide for themselves what to say about the cause of death. I don't care how well Michael Musto thinks he knew Andrew Embiricos, it's unconscionable to blab about his medical history, mental health status, and sexual peccadilloes so soon after his death--especially since his family has made a specific request to respect their privacy. Musto hasn't just done this here on his own blog, but also to the press and t.v. news--all in the name of being a caring friend. What a self-serving, hypocritical turd!

Sickspazmoid
Sickspazmoid

I wrote that first line in a bit of a jumble, but you know what I meant. 

Sickspazmoid
Sickspazmoid

I think Michael has the best intention to cast doubt on the sentiment that Andrew's death was not likely a suicide. However, I think, although an advocate of "if you don't laugh you cry" -- the attempt at hypothesis and humor under the circumstances could smack of sNarK-castic to Andrew's "near and dears." Michael may have Fonzied on this one and jumped the shark a bit, but I truly believe his heart is in the right place. 

Paka
Paka

Most of the commenters on this blog are so dumb that when they read something praising Andrew and saying he probably didn't commit suicide, they're outraged and get vicious. And they have such deep-setaed homophobia and self-loathng that when HIV or kinky sex are mentioned, they say "Horrible! How dare you!" And then they pull out the ageism card.

Jim
Jim

i REALLY couldn't have said this better myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  musto, take this person's comment to heart...  cuz it reeks of the truth!

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