Rita Hayworth's grandson had a history of suicide attempts, reports say

Actress Rita Hayworth, originally Margarita Carmen Cansion, daughter of Spanish dancer Eduardo Cansino, poses for the photographer in February 1948 prior to shooting the Lady From Shanghai directed and performed by Orson Welles. AFP/Getty Images

Actress Rita Hayworth poses for the photographer in February 1948 prior to shooting the Lady From Shanghai directed and performed by Orson Welles.
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(CBS) Rita Hayworth's grandson Andrew Embiricos, who was found dead with a bag over his head in his New York City apartment Sunday night, had a history of suicide attempts, according to law enforcement and published  reports.

Rita Hayworth's grandson found dead in an apparent suicide, police say

The 25-year-old was found lying face-up on his bed around 8:30 p.m. Sunday with a plastic bag over his head, in what police say they believe was a suicide. Sources told the New York Post that Embiricos had tried to kill himself before.

His body was discovered by a friend who went to check up on him after he missed several appointments, according to the paper.

Embiricos, the son of Hayworth's daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Greek shipping heir Basil Embiricos, made headlines before in 2007 when his life as an amateur porn star was exposed, reports the Post.

According to Michael Musto of The Village Voice  Hayworth's grandson "had battled HIV and had been in rehab more than once to fight drug addictions."

But, while Embiricos had tried suicide before, Musto said he and others believed Embiricos was past that point, saying he was excited for his upcoming trip to London and was doing well with his disease.

The 25-year-old was a graduate of Fordham University with a degree in psychology. His grandmother, Hayworth, was a legendary beauty who rose to fame in the 1940s and '50s in movies such as "Cover Girl" and "Gilda." She died in 1987 of Alzheimer's disease at age 68.

  • Camille Mann

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