Dead on Brighton Beach sidewalk

Grisly discovery: The 61st Precinct is investigating the death of a 29-year-old man discovered on the sidewalk in Brighton Beach.
Photo by Paul Martinka

Police found a dead man they suspect overdosed on a Brighton Beach sidewalk on Feb. 19.

Officials recovered the body on the corner of E. 11 Street and Banner Avenue around 9:30 am after someone called 911, police said.

Emergency responders pronounced the 29-year-old man dead at the scene, cops said. He showed no signs of trauma, and officials suspect died of a drug overdose, law enforcement sources said.

The man’s body was in front of a derelict house that squatters frequent, neighbors said. It is a known drug den, police said.

Locals lodged 14 complaints against the Banner Avenue building between March 2011 and November 2015 — including one for a homeless encampment, according to city reports.

The medical examiner will give the official cause of death, and police will release the victim’s name after they notify his family, officials said.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Grisly discovery: Police found a 29-year-old man dead on the sidewalk on E. 11th Street and Banner Avenue in Brighton Beach on Friday morning. His cause of death is unknown and police are still investigating.
Photo by Paul Martinka

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