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“If there is anyone out there who witnessed someone having a heart attack in or near Embassy Suites at 900 10th St NW on Friday morning, we would appreciate being put in touch.”

by Prince Of Petworth May 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm 12 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday (5/15) a group of friends were alerted to the fact that one of our close friends we had not heard from this past weekend (unusual, we all keep a close circle of contact). While reaching out to others and his job, we became increasingly concerned. Once realizing that he was not at his home, and none of us were aware of travel plans, we alerted police. The police did some research and broke the news to us that he had been discharged from GW Hospital Friday evening, and transported to the morgue.

They could not give us any more information since none of us are family. Our friend who passed away is estranged from his family and has not spoken to them in years. We called the morgue and gave our contact information to provide to his family to get more information. His father eventually did call and inform us that he was told that our friend had a “medical event” on the sidewalk and got help inside a hotel lobby [Update: It was the Embassy Suites at 900 10th St NW if anyone was there or near (it began on the sidewalk we believe).] where he was transported to the hospital. He passed away shortly after 11am on Friday 5/12/17.

We have no other information other than that. While we have been given authorization by the family (that lives far away) to collect his belongings and death certificate from the morgue, we are at a loss as to what happened between 9am (last time we heard from him) and ~11am that morning. He lives in Logan Circle, works near Metro Center, and was taken to GW hospital. If there is anyone out there who witnessed someone having a heart attack in or near a hotel in DC on Friday morning, [Update: It was the Embassy Suites at 900 10th St NW if anyone was there or near (it began on the sidewalk we believe).] we would appreciate being put in touch. We are limited to what the police/hospital/morgue can tell us, and his family hasn’t made efforts to get more information than what they were told. It won’t bring him back, but we are hoping for some answers to our questions for closure and also to be able to thank anyone that was there with our dear friend in his last moments.

If you have info please email [email protected] and I’ll put you in touch with OP.

  • Grant Circle

    I’m sorry for you and your friends’ loss. You seem like a very kind and caring person OP, and I’m certain you brought much joy to your friend’s life.

  • Hill Denizen

    I am so sorry for your loss. This must be heartbreaking.

  • neighbor

    I’m sorry for your loss. Sudden heart attacks in younger people are incredibly difficult to understand and accept. I hope you get some closure. I lost someone to an early sudden heart attack, and it took a long time to get through the shock.

  • ke

    I’m really sorry for your loss. Maybe you could visit the Embassy Suites and talk to people who were working that day? They would not have the privacy restrictions that the hospital or other authorities have.

    Since he was estranged from his family, did he give any kind of powers of attorney over his affairs in the event he became incapacitated or died? If someone has that kind of authority, perhaps they could use it to get more information. Or maybe his family would give one of you those powers.

  • KPS

    What a wonderful group of friends. I hope and pray someone reaches out to them so they can get some closure and peace of mind.

  • MSBoy

    Oh no… is this Ritchie? It’s just to big of a coincidence for it not to be. Oh this is just terrible.

    • Truxton Thomas

      It has to be. This is very painful. I hope we learn more about what happened.

    • V

      I was going to ask the same thing… I saw that he passed on Facebook. Sad for his friends and family.

  • hotelier

    While I do not work at the Embassy suites hotel, I do work in hotels.
    My recommendation is to get in touch with the Security Manager over there who can provide information on the incident report or some kind of tape.

    • anon


  • SnoopHershyHersh

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

    As far as getting more information, another possibility — though laborious and might not yield anything useful — is to file a request under DC’s Freedom of Information Act. That might yield police reports, recordings of MPD/FD/EMS radio traffic, and/or video from any DC’s surveillance cameras in the area. That said, there may be a provision to the DCFOIA that exempts any/all of that, and my one experience with DCFOIA left me suspecting that they slow-walk certain requests. Perhaps another reader can provide guidance on (1) whether this is worth pursuing and (2) how to do it. DC FOIA Requests website is https://foia-dc.gov/App/Home.aspx

    Above all, my condolences.

  • Vered

    What a shock–and what a gut-wrenching way to get the news! Admitted to the hospital, released to the morgue–sorry that’s all we can tell you! ???

    My condolences for this group of friends who cared so much about him, and followed up and persisted until you were able to find out (roughly) what happened. Sounds like he was lucky to have had such good friends in the life he was given. If you are able piece things together a bit perhaps you will post again to let us know?


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