Police say a 27-year-old man was found dead inside a tanning bed in New Jersey, according to reports.
Nicholas Ricigliani, 27, of Hamilton Township, Mercer County was identified as the man who died, according to Patch.com. His body was discovered at Crunch Fitness at 2465 South Broad St. in Hamilton, officials said.
Hamilton police said the incident took place Monday, Jan. 22, but reports of his death didn’t emerge until later in the week. Gym employees reportedly located his body.
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Investigators believe there was no foul play in Ricigliani’s death, and he was transported to the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause.
Ricigliani, who was born in Trenton, lived in Long Branch for two years, and he worked at Ocean Place Resort and Spa, and later, he worked at the Acme Supermarket in Bordentown, the Patch.com report stated.
Hamilton police said that anyone with information should contact Detective Frank Burger at (609) 581-4010 or the Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.
According to an obituary posted on the New Jersey Advance Media website, his “passions were music, cooking and working out at the gym,” and he was “an avid Green Bay Packers and NY Yankees fan, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.”
Police did not release any more information about his death. It’s not clear if the tanning bed contributed to his death.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that “indoor tanning is not safe.”
“Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays while indoor tanning can cause skin cancers including melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. UV exposure also can cause cataracts and cancers of the eye (ocular melanoma). UV exposure from the sun and from indoor tanning is classified as a human carcinogen (causes cancer in humans) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer” and other agencies, the CDC says.
Tanning, meanwhile, “causes premature skin aging, like wrinkles and age spots,” the agency adds. It also changes one’s skin texture, and it “increases the risk of potentially blinding eye diseases, if eye protection is not used.”