The trauma surgeon who treated legendary singer Bono of U2 has been found dead in his New York home, reported ABC News. Dr. Dean Lorich, who was 54 at the time, was an acclaimed surgeon who was highly respected in the medical community and had won a humanitarian prize for his aid during the Haiti earthquake, among many other awards. He treated Bono after a horrible cycling accident that fractured his eye socket.
He also gained media spotlight when he treated New York Police Department Officer Tarrell Lee after he was run over by an SUV, and firefighter Matt Long after he was run over by a bus.
“He was a good doctor, and a good man. He saved and helped so many people. He gave me back my life, and my family and I are all devastated. He came to my wedding. He was part of my life … This guy did so much for me. He sacrificed his whole life to help other people, and I happen to be one of them,” Long said.
The three organizations he was most affiliated with, the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine, also released the following statement:
“Dr. Lorich was a distinguished orthopedic trauma surgeon and teacher serving at Hospital for Special Surgery, New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine. We mourn this tragic development and extend our deepest sympathies to Dr. Lorich’s family, friends and patients.”
Dr. Lorich’s death has devastated those who knew him and of him, but also it has raised many questions.
Dr. Lorich was found by his 11-year-old daughter around 1 p.m. EST with a knife sticking out of his chest (but not his heart), lying on the bathroom floor with his face towards the ceiling. She ran to tell the doorman, and he immediately called 911.
Dr. Lorich lived with his three daughters and his wife, who was out playing tennis at the time of his death.
Immediately, the way the doctor died has concerned many: why would a famous surgeon choose such a slow and painful way to die, when fully understanding the human body?
The police is treating this as a suicide, because they found no signs of forced entry, yet no suicide note has been found. All of the information has been released just five hours after the body was found; the investigation is ongoing.
Mysterious Deaths of Doctors
Dr. Lorich was working at Weill Cornell Medical College, where Dr. Miguel Crespo, 40, was a cancer researcher – another doctor who unexpectedly passed in an alleged suicide. He was found in a hospital bathroom, dead from a suspected overdose.
Dr. Lorich and Dr. Crespo are two of 81 doctors who died in unexpected ways in the last two years, according to an “unintended” series on the deaths of these doctors and research by alternative health researcher Erin Elizabeth, who runs a website called Health Nut News.
Lorich won the “2010 Roger E. Joseph Prize by Hebrew Union College for his humanitarian efforts in treating victims of the recent Haiti earthquake and in Landstuhl, Germany treating soldiers injured in Iraq and in Afghanistan” according to Elizabeth. Crespo had been working on cancer research with stem cells according to the Health Nut News article.
Most of these doctors were studying cancer treatments and holistic medicine; many were involved in researching GcMAF, a vitamin D bonding protein that may be the answer to treating cancer, autism, Parkinson’s, and other serious diseases.
The deaths started with Dr. Jeffrey Bradstreet who was found in a river with a gunshot wound in his chest. Dr. Bradstreet was one of the doctors researching GcMAF, cancer and autism link. Before his death, the FDA raided his clinic, adding more mystery to his passing. The police ruled his death as a suicide, but his family, friends, and those who knew him still believe that the story doesn’t add up.
His death was followed by two chiropractors whose causes of deaths were never determined; two doctors who were murdered; a doctor of holistic medicine who was found with a gunshot to her head; and many more. The count is now at 81 deaths.
There is no investigation asking if these deaths are connected, and how many of them are murders. Nonetheless, it seems to be a concerning pattern in the community, and a huge loss of amazing people who have been working on groundbreaking treatments to help their patients.