Cancer Researcher Found Dead Following 'Breakthrough' Discovery
Doctor Miguel Crespo died researching cancer cure in New York medical center
A medical researcher has been found dead after reporting a "breakthrough" discovery in the cure for cancer.
40-year-old Dr. Miguel Crespo's body was found in the bathroom of the Weill Cornell Medical Center on the Upper East Side in New York where he worked after going missing for several hours.
Police investigators say they are still trying to piece together how the young doctor had died but say that he most likely committed suicide by taking a drug overdose after they found vomit next to his body in the 8th-floor bathroom and said he had been "foaming at the mouth."
Crespo earned his doctoral degree and a bachelor’s at the Complutense University of Madrid and was researching a cure for colon cancer at the East 68th Street and York Ave medical center.
Starting his research in 2011 in the UES stem cell lab, Dr. Crespo's team had recently made a "breakthrough" discovery, according to one of the medical center staff;
"He was working late almost every night and seemed really excited.
"He said he had made an amazing breakthrough."
The center's spokeswoman Sarah Smith told the New York Daily News:
"Weill Cornell Medicine is saddened by the death of our colleague Miguel Crespo, Ph.D.
"We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends."
According to the Daily Mail, away from the hospital, Crespo was a part-time photographer and graphic designer.
On his website, his mission statement reads:
"Throughout my life, I have relentlessly strived to capture the beauty in things I always felt the world has yet to discover - windows, shadows, reflections, the magic in the velvety light that projects on our eyes," he wrote on his photo design website.
"I have always been mesmerized by the compassion, the emotion, and the meaning somebody's look can convey and inspire."
One of his neighbors Xoey Lee, 38, told NYDN he did not appear to seem ill and said:
"He's always polite. He always says, 'Hi'.
"He seemed even more upbeat than usual lately."