Andrew Embiricos, grandson of Hollywood screen legend Rita Hayworth, was found dead in an apparent suicide in his New York City apartment Sunday night.
New York City Police said 25-year-old Andrew Ali Aga Khan Embiricos was found Sunday night in his Chelsea apartment with a bag over his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene, an apparent suicide.
The medical examiner’s office said the cause of death is pending autopsy results but there was no crime suspected.
Embiricos was found by 33-year-old friend Aaron Edwards around 9 p.m. on Sunday after he failed to show up for appointments. The medical examiner said Embiricos died between 8:30 p.m. and 8:50 p.m., just shortly before he was discovered.
Edwards told the New York Daily News he found Embiricos lying face up in his bed at The Grand Chelsea with a bag over his head and called the police.
Embiricos was the son of Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, the daughter of silver-screen star and legend Rita Hayworth. Hayworth rose to fame in such movies in the 1940’s as “Gilda” and “Dante’s Inferno.” Hayworth married Prince Aly Aga Khan, Embiricos' grandfather, in 1949.
Embiricos attended Fordham University and received a degree in psychology, according to the Daily News. His Linked In profile said he was currently working as a sales executive for Virgin Atlantic Airways and founded a charity group for the homeless on Facebook. Embiricos also worked with HIV/AIDS groups and the Alzheimer’s Association, which fights the disease his grandmother died of in 1987 at age 68.
According to the Daily News, Embiricos was an amateur porn star and posted videos on Xtube under a fake name. Village Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto told the Daily News that Embiricos had been battling HIV and drug addiction with stints in rehab and had attempted suicide before.
Embiricos’ uncle, Prince Karim Aga Khan, the leader of 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims worldwide, issued a statement through his head of communications, Kris Janowski, following the death.
“We do not know what happened yet, and we would appreciate everyone’s privacy for the family,” Janowski said.