The son of American writer Paul Auster, Daniel Auster, charged in mid-April with manslaughter after the overdose death of his 10-month-old daughter, died in New York on Tuesday, police said Thursday, with the press also speaking of an overdose.
Daniel Auster, 44, was found “unconscious” on a subway platform in Brooklyn on the morning of April 20 and taken to hospital where he died on April 26, a spokesman for the city told AFP. NYPD.
According to police sources quoted by the tabloid New York Post, the actor succumbed to an “accidental overdose”.
The 40-year-old was arrested, charged and released on bail ten days ago for manslaughter and criminal negligence against his daughter Ruby. While in custody on November 1 at his home in Brooklyn, the baby was found unconscious. Hospitalized, the little girl had died “of acute poisoning due to the combined effects of fentanyl and heroin”, according to the police.
The number of overdoses continues to rise in New York
Paul Auster, 75, is one of New York’s most renowned writers, translated worldwide, author of the “New York Trilogy”, “Moon Palace” and “Leviathan”. He is married to American novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt, but Daniel Auster’s mother is American writer Lydia Davis. In Auster’s novel “The Night of the Oracle”, the narrator is a writer whose son is a drug addict.
The number of overdoses continues to rise in New York. They killed 1,233 people in the first half of 2021 (965 over the same period of 2020), 2,062 people in 2020 – in the midst of a pandemic – (less than 1,500 in 2019 and less than 1,000 in 2015) affecting the poor and Afro- Americans. In question, in 77% of cases in New York in 2020, fentanyl, a powerful and dangerous synthetic opioid mixed with heroin or cocaine, a cocktail which killed the star of the cult series “The Wire”, Michael K. Williams, on September 6th. The United States broke a record of more than 100,000 deaths from April 2020 to April 2021.