Police: Construction crooner found dead in apparent suicide

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Police: Construction crooner found dead in apparent suicide.

NEW YORK (AP) — A karaoke-loving ironworker who briefly became a New York sensation for his serenades from a subway construction site has been found dead in an apparent suicide, a month after he disappeared from his Queens neighborhood, police said Friday. Four years after Gary Russo’s brush with fame, the “Second Avenue Sinatra” vanished without a trace after leaving his home shortly after midnight on July 28.

On Friday around 2 p.m., a passer-by discovered Russo’s body hanging from a tree in a park strewn with reeds in the outer-city neighborhood of Howard Beach, near where Russo lived. The late hardhat gained notoriety four years ago when he belted out Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin standards during his 30-minute lunch break at the Upper East Side construction site. For days in the sweltering August heat, Russo would lug his Karaoke gear into work with him and perform for co-workers and passersby in front of a sign that read, “Forget all the noise, traffic and the impact of the 2nd Ave. Within a few weeks, Russo was featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow declared him “The Best New Thing in the World Today.” But he didn’t seem like himself recently, friend Apryl Nebozenko told The Associated Press earlier this month, remarking that Russo seemed drained at a party she had in July.

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