Another Young Life Taken From Us
The most recent news story to hit the airwaves has to do with the suicide or supposed asphyxiation of the grandson of the famous screen siren Rita Hayworth - a film actress who flourished in the the forties, fifties and sixties. This young man, who just happened to be gay, allegedly took his young life by placing a plastic bag over his head in bed, and was found that way by a close friend in his Chelsea apartment.
Another tragic end to another gay man who had a life with clear advantages being the grandson of a world famous actress and the only child of her princess daughter, who chose to live his life by making some poor choices that ultimately led to his early demise. Another American tragedy that continues to affirm the fact that there are still too many gay men in our society that have very difficult personal issues which often prompt them to act in self destructive ways.
This young man’s death clearly serves to amplify the ever-increasing statistics with regards to gay suicides or accidental deaths due to self-destructive behavior.
All of us are probably still reeling from the spate of recent gay suicides. The death of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University student and talented musician who ended his young life by jumping of the George Washington Bridge following public humiliation perpetrated by his roommate served to amplify other gay suicides, most as a result of gay bullying or hazing.
Clearly the case of Andrew Embiricos, the 25-year old grandson of Rita Hayworth and only child of Princess Yasmin Aga Kahn, is still being investigated as to whether it was suicide or a death due to accidental circumstances. To me, however, placing a plastic bag on one’s face strikes me as clearly a self destructive act despite its potentially sexual gratification.
A dear friend of Mr. Embiricos, the singer Brian Kent, is presently waging a one-man campaign to question the statements made by Village Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto echoed by a recent OUT Magazine article in which Musto opines about the details of the young man’s death and his HIV status, drug usage and ventures into amateur porn videos.