2 men found dead in apparent double suicide at former Versace mansion in South Beach

The discovery of two men dead at what's now a boutique Miami Beach hotel comes a day before the anniversary of Gianni Versace's death.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Miami Beach police are investigating after a housekeeper found two men dead inside of a hotel room at the former Versace mansion on Wednesday.

According to authorities, officers were called to The Villa Casa Casuarina hotel at 1116 Ocean Drive at 1:21 p.m.

Miami Beach Fire Rescue personnel also responded to the hotel and pronounced the men dead at the scene.

A police report released Thursday stated that detectives believe the men, identified as Adam Rashap, 31, of Randolph, New Jersey, and Alexander Donald Gross, 30, of York, Pennsylvania, died in an apparent double suicide. Both had been shot in the head, authorities said.

A motive for why the men would want to take their lives is unclear.


The high-end property in South Beach is famous for being the former home of fashion designer Gianni Versace — and where he was murdered. Thursday marks 24 years since his death.

People around the hotel Wednesday afternoon said they had no idea about the discovery that had been made.

“It was surprising,” customer Melanie Rog said. “Not pleasant.”

Operations have since returned to normal at the hotel. Police say there was no threat to the public.

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