Autopsy Inconclusive for French Academic Found Dead in Hotel Room

By Wil Cruz on April 4, 2012 6:22pm 

French academic Richard Descoings, 54, was found dead at the Michelangelo Hotel on April 3, 2012.
French academic Richard Descoings, 54, was found dead at the Michelangelo Hotel on April 3, 2012.
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MANHATTAN — An autopsy performed on a French academic who was found mysteriously dead in a Midtown hotel room was inconclusive, the Medical Examiner's office said Wednesday.

Richard Descoings, 54, of Paris, who heads up the school where Dominique Strauss-Kahn once taught, was found naked in bed at the Michelangelo Hotel on West 51st Street Tuesday, according to sources and reports.

There were no signs of forced entry, police noted.

Descoings, the head of esteemed political science school Sciences Po in Paris, was set to attend a conference at Columbia University Tuesday morning but did not show up, according to Reuters.

A spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner said an autopsy had been performed Wednesday, but proved inconclusive.

Toxicology and tissue tests would be conducted, she added, the results of which could take weeks.

Richard Descoings, the director of Sciences Po in France, was found dead at the Michelangelo Hotel in Midtown on April 3, 2012.
Richard Descoings, the director of Sciences Po in France, was found dead at the Michelangelo Hotel in Midtown on April 3, 2012.
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