‘Second Avenue Sinatra’ found dead in apparent suicide

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Police: Construction crooner found dead in apparent suicide.

The karaoke-loving ironworker — dubbed the “Second Avenue Sinatra” — who went missing nearly a month ago was found dead in an apparent suicide less than a mile from his Queens home, according to police. Gary Russo, 54, a former Local 40 ironworker who in 2011 was helping to build the Second Avenue Subway, vanished from his Howard Beach home just after midnight on July 28.

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. 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. 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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