Two dead in the former mansion of Gianni Versace, now a luxury hotel in Miami Beach


Two men were found dead Wednesday in a Miami Beach, Florida hotel room in the former mansion of Gianni Versace, the Italian fashion designer who was killed outside the building 24 years ago this Thursday.

Police responded to Villa Casa Casuarina at the former Versace Mansion at 1116 Ocean Dr. just after 1:20 p.m. after hotel housekeeping said two dead men were in a room. Police and firefighters intervened and found the bodies.

Fox News contacted police but received no response. Calls to the hotel went unanswered.

The deaths are under investigation and the crime scene has been confined to the room, police said.

A couple walk into Villa Casa Casuarina at the former Versace Mansion on Ocean Drive on July 03, 2020 in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins / Getty Images)
(Photo by Cliff Hawkins / Getty Images)

Versace was shot dead on the steps of the building on July 15, 1997 while walking home from a nearby cafe. The shooter, Andrew Cunanan, was found dead days later after an extensive manhunt.

Casa Casuarina was built in 1930 by Alden Freeman, son of Joel Freeman, the treasurer of the Standard Oil Trust, according to the hotel’s website. Versace became interested in the property in 1992 while on vacation with his family.

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He bought the building for $ 2.95 million and the Revere Hotel next door. He then invested an additional $ 32 million in renovations in which he added a swimming pool, garden, south wing and transformed the 24 apartments inside into large suites, the hotel said.

In 2000, Donatella Versace sold the property.

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