French scholar found dead in NYC hotel room

Published April 4, 2012 3:18AM (EDT)

NEW YORK (AP) — A French scholar has been found dead in a New York City hotel room.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne says employees at The Michelangelo hotel in Manhattan found the nude body of Richard Descoings (day-KWAHNG') on Tuesday afternoon.

Descoings served as the director of the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies. He was in his 50s.

Browne says investigators are awaiting a medical examiner's report to determine the cause of the scholar's death. He says there's no evidence a crime was committed.

By Salon Staff

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