A top New York City doctor was found dead of a heroin overdose earlier this month, it was reported.
Ravindra Rajmane, 51, was found in the bedroom of his apartment near E. 27th Street Tuesday, Dec. 26, after he failed to show up for work, reported the New York Daily News.
Officials with the New York City Police Department found envelopes with heroin residue near his body. They were stamped with the name “Knock Out King,” police sources told the Daily News.
“Glassine envelopes with the stamp KNOCK OUT KING were discovered at the scene,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce tweeted. “If you have any info on this stamp call CrimeStoppers at #800577TIPS #OpioidCrisis.”
Rajmane hadn’t shown up for work since Friday. His co-worker visited his apartment Tuesday, police said.
“Someone came in and said that they were checking up on (Rajmane),” said a doorman to the Daily News. “So I had someone go up and knock on the door.”
JUST In from @NYPDDetectives _ Detectives are investigating an overdose death in #Manhattan which occurred earlier this week. Glassine envelopes with the stamp KNOCK OUT KING were discovered at the scene. If you have any info on this stamp call CrimeStoppers at #800577TIPS
— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) December 13, 2017
Then, the co-worker and a building maintenance worker opened up his door and discovered him in bed.
“She was upset,” the doorman said of the co-worker’s response to his death.
“(Rajmane) was a nice guy,” he said. “Nobody expects that to happen.”
The medical examiner’s office will now schedule an autopsy to determine his exact cause of death, according to the New York Post.
In 2016, there have been 1,374 unintentional drug overdose deaths in New York City, which is an increase of 437 from 2015, according to statistics from the New York City chief medical examiner. The 2016 statistics are the most recent ones that are available.
“The final overdose data for 2016 confirm what we have feared – drug overdose deaths have reached a record high and are increasing citywide as the opioid epidemic continues to affect every community,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett in a news release about the overdose statistics. “We remain committed to addressing this crisis and will continue to work with the de Blasio administration to make sure that every New Yorker has access to life-saving treatments and services when needed. Opioid overdose deaths are preventable, and we will not rest until we put an end to this epidemic.”