Metro Weekly

Sunday Death Reported

SW nightclub staff discover patron in distress who later dies at GWU Hospital

Metropolitan Police are investigating the death of a man who was found still alive inside a local nightclub at closing time during the early hours of Sunday, Oct. 2, and who died at George Washington University Hospital later that day.

The man, thought to be in his mid-40s, was found at 1824 Half St. SW between 2 and 3 a.m. The address is the site of Ziegfeld’s/Secrets entertainment complex.

Jon Parks, general manager at Ziegfeld’s/Secrets, says he called 911 and that the patron was taken to George Washington University Hospital. Parks says no member of his staff recognized the man.

After emergency personnel transported the patron to the hospital, Parks says he called the hospital, which could not give him any information on the man other than to say they were assisting him at that time. Parks then visited the hospital personally, where he was unable to learn anything more, except that no personal relations had come to see the patient.

Parks says the club is helping police with the investigation, but had no further comment.

A Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman says the death is under investigation, but has no additional information. An Oct. 2 supervisor’s report from the MPD’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) noted that the death is being investigated by the department’s Homicide Unit, but that the cause of death has not yet been determined.

Beverly Fields, spokeswoman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, says the report of the deceased’s cause and manner of death is still pending.

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at