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Two men were found dead inside a hotel converted from Gianni Versace’s former home one day before the 24th anniversary of the fashion designer’s murder.
The Miami Beach Police received a report of two dead males in a room at The Villa Casa Casurina after a housekeeper stumbled upon the bodies yesterday afternoon around 1:21 p.m., according to a statement from police.
Police arrived to find that both men had gunshot wounds to the head and were unresponsive, according to a case report obtained by Oxygen.com.
The report identifies the victims as 31-year-old Adam Rashap of New Jersey and 30-year-old Alexander Gross of Pennsylvania.
Authorities said the scene was “contained to the hotel room.”
Police recovered a metal container with what they believe to be cannabis at the scene.
Homicide detectives launched an investigation into the deaths, but now believe the incident was a double suicide.
“The ultimate cause of death will be determined by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office,” police said.
The bodies were discovered just one day shy of the 24th anniversary of Versace’s murder. The fashion designer was killed in front of his home on July 15, 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
Cunanan, 27, who is suspected of killing at least four other people in a murder spree that spanned the United States, shot Versace twice before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a nearby houseboat as authorities closed in on him.
It’s unclear whether the anniversary of Versace's murder had anything to do with the deaths of Rashap and Gross.
Versace purchased the Miami mansion in 1992, and spent $33 million renovating the property before his death.
His family sold the building in 2000 and the property was later converted into the luxury hotel, which has a restaurant named “Gianni’s” in his honor, according to the company’s website.
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