Behind A Death In Queens, A Major Loss For The Avant-Garde Jazz Community : NPR

Earlier this week, an array of news outlets in New York City reported a macabre discovery: The body of a 53-year-old man was found floating in a Queens marina, fully clothed, with chains wrapped around his legs. The body was noticed by a passerby along the shoreline of the World’s Fair Marina in Flushing Harbor, near Citi Field, around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.

A New York Police Department spokesperson confirmed those details to NPR on Thursday evening, along with an official ruling that the death was a suicide, on the basis of a note left behind. The spokesperson also confirmed the name of the deceased: Michael Panico, of Jackson Heights.

The death of Mike Panico, co-founder of Relative Pitch Records, shocked friends and colleagues throughout the avant-garde jazz scene this week.

Eric J. Stern

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