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Miami Beach Death Investigation At Former Versace Mansion On Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) - A death investigation is underway at a hotel that was the former Versace mansion on South Beach.

Miami Beach police just after 1 p.m. they received a call from housekeeping at The Villa Casa Casuarina in the 1100 block of Ocean Drive. Arriving officers and fire rescue found two males dead in one of the hotel's rooms.

According to investigators, the scene is contained to the room.

Famed Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace was gunned down outside his South Beach mansion in a murder that stunned South Florida along with the rest of the world.

Gianni Versace
3/16/93, Gianni Versace looking out from a second story window overlooking his patio. during the renovation works of his mansion. Marice Cohn Band/Miami Herald Staff-- (Permission to republish provided by the Miami Herald Media Co.)

It was July 1997. The designer, 50, had just unlocked the gate of his home after having breakfast at the News Café on Ocean Drive when a man in his mid-twenties, serial killer Andrew Cunanan, pulled a gun and shot him twice in the back of the head.

Versace Mansion Casa Casuarina Bloody Steps
7/15/97 - Blood on the steps of Gianni Versace's Ocean Drive mansion in Miami Beach. Randy Bazemore/Miami Herald Staff-- (Permission to republish provided by the Miami Herald Media Co.)

Versace's blood stained the coral front steps of the property after the shooting. The world-famous, part-time resident, lived in the home for five years before his murder.

The manhunt for Cunanan, once a male prostitute, made international headlines in the days that followed.

He was suspected in the murders of four other men and was already on the federal ten most wanted list at the time he shot and killed Versace.

A little more than a week after Versace's murder, Cunanan killed himself on a shuttered houseboat about 40 blocks north of the mansion as police closed in.

At Versace's funeral in Milan Italy a week after his death, celebrity mourners included Elton John, Georgio Armani, and Princess Diana, one month before her own death in Paris.

The mansion was sold in 2013 VM South Beach LLC which also owns the Hotel Victor next door to the former mansion.

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