24 years ago, on July 15 1997, one of the world’s most iconic fashion designers, Gianni Versace was killed outside his Versace mansion by American spree-killer, Andrew Cunanan.
The case has been most famously documented in the docu-series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, which won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film.
And now, decades later, just a day before the 24th anniversary of Versace’s death, two men were reportedly found dead in a Villa Suite located at the former Versace mansion, according to the Miami Herald.
The mansion, situated in South Florida, saw the Miami Beach police on the case, reporting that the bodies were identified to be two men. The bodies were discovered by housekeeping staff at the Villa Casa Casuarina, or the Versace mansion on Wednesday, July 14.
The preliminary investigation conveyed that the deaths were revealed to be a double-suicide or murder/suicide according to Miami Beach police spokesperson, Ernesto Rodriguez. Rodriguez expressed that he did “not know the order or sequence.”
Initially, the police didn’t reveal how the deaths occurred, expressing that medical examination was still underway. However, it was recently reported by the Miami Herald that both men were shot in the head.
The men were identified to be Adam Rashap (31) of New Jersey, and Alexander Gross (30) of Pennsylvania.
Despite the eerie timing of the alleged double suicide and Versace’s murder, along with the recent deaths taking place on the same premise as the homicide that shocked the world 24 years ago, nothing in the police report has indicated any connection between the two incidents.
On July 15, 1997, after returning from breakfast just down his street, Gianni Versace was shot and killed on the steps of the mansion, which he owned at the time. It was the fifth and final murder of Andrew Cunanan’s three-month killing spree. Cunanan killed himself on a Miami Beach houseboat eight days later.
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