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Soho House Hotel Death Investigation Continues

December 10, 2010 at 10:41 AM | by | ()

Yesterday's tragic death at the Soho House may turn into a homicide investigation.

The NY Times reports that the dead woman found in an overflowing bathtub in room 20 was Soho House member and swimsuit designer, Sylvie Cachay. She had checked in with her boyfriend, Nicholas Brooks, just after midnight. The hotel was later alerted that water was leaking from room 20 into the room below it at around 3am.

Brooks is still being questioned by police and the NY Post reports that the duo were fighting when they checked into the hotel.

Cachay and Brooks arrived together at the Soho House at around 12:30 a.m. Sources said Cachay accused her beau of accidentally setting fire earlier in the night to her West 10th Street apartment by leaving lit candles behind her bed. "He's a stoner," she told the front-desk clerk, according to police. "He's always stoned. Who puts candles behind the bed?"

Cachay also told the front-desk clerk that she was so tired and could not stay awake after downing a Xanax. She eventually had to be helped to her hotel room by the concierge. The hotel has told both the NY Times and the NY Post that they are cooperating fully with the police's investigation.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, a little boy is in critical condition after apparently falling into the fountain inside the atrium of the Hyatt Embarcadero. NBC Bay Area reports:

A San Francisco fire official said the 18 month old was with his twin sister, his mother and a nanny when they went into the hotel to take some pictures. While inside, the little boy ran off and disappeared before his mother knew it. He was found about 10 minutes later, not breathing, in the fountain in the hotel's lobby.

The boy remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. While police are reviewing security tapes to find out just exactly what happened, it appears for now to be just a tragic accident.

Archived Comments:

The fable of the privileged life.

As much what's up for inspection is the cause of death, what has now come up for inspection is the behavior of a privileged class of folk, perhaps too used to being rewarded for skirting social convention and running amok. Which is to say if it is found that somehow Nicholas Brooks is complicit in Ms Cachay's death, should we wonder for a moment Ms Cachay's own complicity in believing herself beyond reproach and untimely death?

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