Another Gay Bathhouse Death In Philadelphia, at Sansom Street Gym


Last week, we told you about the death of a 60-year-old man inside gay bathhouse Club Philadelphia. Now, we have learned of another death inside of a different gay bathhouse in Philadelphia.

On Sunday afternoon, police responded to Sansom Street Gym, a gay bathhouse at 2020 Sansom Street, where they found a 41-year-old deceased male inside.

According to police, the man was due to check out at 1:30 p.m. and was found dead at approximately 4:30 p.m. The victim’s name has not been released, and a cause of death has not been determined. The police are simply calling this “sudden death.”

“We’re not interested,” a representative of the club told me when I called about the death. “We’re not going to comment on that.”

Sansom Street Gym advertises itself as “The Cleanest Club Around” and “The Largest Club In the City.”

UPDATE [3/24 12:30 p.m.]: In the comments for this article, Sansom Street Gym has declared that the death “wasn’t drug related” and that the man involved had a preexisting heart condition and “passed away due to a heart attack.” Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Medical Examiner says that the body hasn’t been examined yet.

UPDATE [6/26/2014, 3:34 p.m.]: Coroner confirms both bathhouse deaths were drug related. More here.

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