Prominent New York doctor found dead with knife in torso inside his Manhattan apt on Sunday
Dr. Dean Lorich, a trauma surgeon, was home with 11-year-old daughter at the time while
Responding officers found the 54-year-old doctor’s body in the bathroom around 1 p.m. The knife was near his heart
His wife was out playing tennis
For now authorities so far are treating Lorich’s death as an apparent suicide
Dr. Dean Lorich, found knifed to death inside his NY apt on Dec. 10
A trauma surgeon was found dead Sunday in his Park Ave. apartment with a knife in his torso, police said.
Questions were swirling about the mysterious death of Dr. Dean Lorich, who was at home with his 11-year-old daughter, police said.
There were no signs of forced entry at the tony apartment at E. 96th St. Cops found his body in the bathroom after receiving a 911 call about an assault. .
“He was under some personal stress,” authorities so far are treating Lorich’s death as an apparent suicide, sources said.
He was home alone home with his pre-teen daughter, police said, adding there were no signs of forced entry at the tony Upper East Side apartment. The girl alerted the building’s doorman, who called 911. Police said the call was regarding an assault.
responding officers found the 54-year-old doctor’s body in the bathroom around 1 p.m. The knife was near his heart, a source said.
Lorich’s wife was playing tennis at the time, police said.
Lorich was the associate director of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery, as well as the Chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Lorich was on the team of doctors who helped police officer Tarrell Lee recover after an SUV ran him over as he directed traffic in New York City in 2005.
Lorich also treated Matt Long, a firefighter who was run over by a bus.
Dr. Dean Lorich [left], chats to former patients Matt Long, a retired firefighter and Tarrell Lee, a NYPD traffic enforcement officer. His role in the recovery of both me from severe trauma is well documented
Lee and Long’s friendship spoke about Lorich’s role in their recoveries was chronicled in 2015.
“There’s no prouder thing other than my wife giving birth,” Lorich said.
“This is a present for all of us.”
12 years ago New York police officer Tarrell Lee nearly died when an SUV plowed him over as he directed traffic in midtown.
Lee, then 27, was kept in a medically induced coma for more than four weeks as doctors at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center performed surgery after surgery in a bid to save his life. The price he paid to stay alive was the amputation of his right leg. This was followed by five arduous months in rehabilitation.
He spent those months alongside another patient in rehab, firefighter Matt Long, who was run over by a bus. in December 2005, a few months after Lee’s accident on Sept. 12.
A charter bus knocked Long off a bicycle and he was dragged underneath the vehicle. When it was done, first responders found the 39-year-old fireman tangled in the frame of his bike, with multiple broken bones and internal injuries.
Like Lee, he also had to undergo emergency surgery and was listed in critical condition.
His injuries were so severe doctors gave him a 1% chance of survival.
At -Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Long was going through much of the same therapy as Lee, helped along by Dr. Dean Lorich.
He helped the men to relearn how to walk and reclaim their lives.
Dr Lorich was also the doctor who treated U2 singer Bono after a cycling accident in Central Park in 2014. Bono reportedly lost control of his bicycle when he swerved to avoid another cyclist and landed on his face, fracturing his eye socket, shoulder and elbow.
EMTs declared Lorich dead upon arrival. No arrests had been made as of Sunday.