Homeless Woman Found Dead Was Once an Aspiring Artist

By Ben Fractenberg on February 22, 2011 2:01pm 

The NYPD do not suspect criminality in the death of an unidentified woman found on Avenue B between East Eighth and East Ninth Streets on Sunday.
The NYPD do not suspect criminality in the death of an unidentified woman found on Avenue B between East Eighth and East Ninth Streets on Sunday.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

EAST VILLAGE — A homeless woman found dead in the East Village Sunday morning was once an aspiring actress, the Daily News reported Tuesday.

Grace Farrell, 35, reportedly moved to the city from Ireland when she was 17 to attend art school. A former boyfriend said she had been abused by an ex-husband, and turned to alcohol to cope, leaving her art and acting career behind, according to the paper.

"She'd wake up in the morning with the shakes," her old boyfriend, who goes by the name English, told the News. "She had an addiction."

Police are reportedly looking for relatives in the city.

Farrell's body was found in front of St. Brigid's Church on Avenue B, nearly frozen from the brutal winter weather.

The NYPD does not suspect any criminality.

The Medical Examiner's office said they are still determining the cause of death.

Grace Farrell was dead sleeping under scaffolding on Avenue B between 7th and 8th streets on Feb. 20.
Grace Farrell was dead sleeping under scaffolding on Avenue B between 7th and 8th streets on Feb. 20.
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