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A Sheepshead Bay man was found dead in the water of Jamaica Bay on Sept. 30.

Mark Silverman, 71, of the Harbor Care assisted living facility on Shore Parkway and Knapp Street, was found face down in the water and unresponsive by harbor police within the 63rd precinct near Rockaway Parkway in Queens at 10:13 am.

The police department’s harbor personnel pulled the man from the water and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene when they arrived at 10:51 am, according to cops.

The cause of death has not yet been determined but police are treating it as non-suspicious, according to a department spokeswoman.

Silverman has a history of suicide attempts and the investigation into his death is ongoing, according to a spokesman for the police.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273–8255; and take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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