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Manhattan doctor found dead in home from suspected overdose of heroin called ‘Knock Out King’

December 14, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Manhattan doctor found dead in home from suspected overdose of heroin called ‘Knock Out King’

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A top doctor in Manhattan was discovered dead in his Park Avenue apartment from an alleged heroin overdose.

On Tuesday, 51-year-old Ravindra Rajmane was found in the bedroom of his luxurious apartment just before 9:30 a.m. after he didn’t to show up for work.

Authorities recovered several glassine envelopes with heroin residue near his body. The envelopes had the brand “Knock Out King” stamped on it, the New York Post reported.

On Wednesday, Robert Boyce, the NYPD Chief of Detectives, made a public plea for information about the potentially lethal batch of drugs.

“Glassine envelopes with the stamp KNOCK OUT KING were discovered,” Boyce said on Twitter. “If you have any info on this call CrimeStoppers at #800577TIPS #OpioidCrisis.”

Dr. Ravindra Rajmane Photo: ZocDoc

Rajmane, who was the chief of pulmonology at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, last showed up to work on Friday, which led a concerned co-worker to check his apartment on Tuesday.

“Someone came and said they were checking up on (Rajmane),” a doorman at Rajmane’s building said. “I had someone go up and knock on the door.”

A maintenance worker accessed the apartment, and Rajmane’s colleague discovered the doctor on his bed, where he was dead for at least two days.

Seconds later, the doorman saw the co-worker running downstairs sobbing.

“She was upset,” the doorman added. “(Rajmane) was a nice guy. Nobody expects that to happen.”

The doctor’s unexpected death occurs as the city fights an unprecedented opioid epidemic. Over 1,300 people were killed from drug overdoses in the five boroughs last year.

The city medical examiner is expected to perform an autopsy on Rajmane to determine the exact cause of death.

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