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2 found dead at former Versace Mansion apparently died by suicide, police say

The bodies of the two men were found at the boutique hotel at the former Versace mansion. Gianni Versace was killed in front of the mansion in 1997.

Two men found dead in a hotel at the former Versace mansion in South Florida killed themselves, Miami Beach police said Thursday.

Housekeeping staff at The Villa Casa Casuarina called police around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday after discovering the pair.

The men, 30 and 31 years old, were from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, police said.

The preliminary investigation revealed the deaths to be a double suicide, Miami Beach police spokesman Officer Ernesto Rodriguez said, but the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

The hotel is at the former mansion of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was killed in front of the property by a gunman on July 15, 1997.

The men were found dead a day before the 24th anniversary of that killing, but nothing in a police report indicates there is any connection.

Versace was returning home from his morning walk from the News Cafe in 1997 when Andrew Cunanan fatally shot him in the back of the head.

Eight days later, Cunanan, suspected of killing four other people in three states, killed himself on a houseboat in North Miami Beach.

The mansion was built in 1930, and Versace bought it in 1992. After his death, it was sold and is now a hotel and event space.

"We are heartbroken by the tragic events at the Villa Casa Casuarina and are cooperating fully with local authorities in the ongoing investigation," a spokesperson for hotel said.

If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide please call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources