George Ortiz, hairstylist who appeared on 53 episodes of “Project Runway” was found dead in his apartment on Riverside Drive in Hamilton Heights Tuesday morning. Ortiz, 45, was discovered by his roommates face-up on his bed, unconscious and unresponsive, an NYPD spokesman told a source.
According to director of public affairs Julie Bolcer of the NYC Chief Medical Examiner’s office, the cause of death is asphyxia by covering of head with fastened plastic bag and displacement of oxygen by nitrogen; the manner of death is suicide.
He had reportedly not been seen in several days.
A listing on IMDB said Ortiz appeared on 53 episodes of “Project Runway” from 2006 to 2010. Ortiz was listed as key models support on 28 episodes, key hairstylist on 15 episodes and hair team on 10 episodes.
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People who knew Ortiz took to social media to express their grief.
Photo: Google maps street view September 2014.