Two deaths in LGBT bathhouses
by Angela Thomas
Mar 27, 2014 | 2195 views | 2 2 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two separate deaths occurred at a pair of LGBT bathhouses in the city last week. Foul play is not suspected in either case.

Police responded to a 911 call at Club Philadelphia, 1220 Chancellor St., for a report of a deceased patron around 2:20 a.m. March 15, according to Philadelphia Public Affairs Officer Leeloni Palmiero.

The 61-year-old man was found in Room 205 in the club. The white male was lying naked and face-up on a bed.

“They attempted to revive him but were unable to,” Palmiero said. “They believe he was dead for a while. There were no signs of trauma.”

Club Philadelphia’s owner did not respond to calls from PGN by presstime.

At 4:30 p.m. March 23, an officer responded to a call at Sansom Street Gym, 2020 Sansom St.

There, Palmiero said, police found a 41-year-old Hispanic male kneeling in a room, not breathing.

Sansom Street Gym manager Aaron Moore told PGN the customer was a regular and usually checked out on time.

“When a customer comes in, they have a certain amount of time to be in the bathhouse,” he said. “He was a good regular and for him to be overdue wasn’t like him. He was a pleasant guy. We don’t think he did drugs. There were no drugs found on him.”

Moore said this is the first time such an incident occurred at Sansom Street Gym.

Palmiero said both cases are under investigation and the Homicide Department was notified as a matter of procedure.

Department of Health spokesperson Jeff Moran said autopsies were performed on both men, and results could take up to 10 weeks.

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AnewDawn
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April 15, 2014
The death of these two individuals is a tragedy but I'm puzzled by the designation of Club Philadelphia and the Sansom Street Gym as being LGBT bathhouses. I thought that these two establishments were strictly GAY bathhouses.
countypa
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March 28, 2014
Okay why is this not making the major news media only PGN? We all know these bath houses are all about SEX MONEY AND DRUGS and the police do nothing about it. Is it a way for them to do population and minority control? WHY do we allow this? WHY (dirtandmoredirt com)