Rest In Peace

Did This Persian Heir and Former X-Tube Star Mean to Commit Suicide?

Andrew-EmbiricosSocialite Andrew Embiricos, grandson of actress Rita Hayworth and Prince Aly Khan, has died suddenly at age 25. But it’s not clear whether it was a suicide or death by sexual misadventure.

The Daily News reports that the handsome scion was found dead in his West 17th Street apartment Sunday evening:

“Embiricos’ body was discovered just after 9 p.m. Sunday by a close pal, Aaron Edwards, 33, who went to check on him after he missed several appointments.He was lying face up in his bed at his home inside The Grand Chelsea… The Medical Examiner determined that Embiricos died between 8:30 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. Sunday and that the preliminary cause of death an ‘apparent suicide,’ a source said Monday.”

Back in 2007, gossip columnist Ben Widdicombe wrote that Embiricos, son to Princess Yasmin Aga Kahn and nephew to her brother, His Highness Prince Karim, Aga Khan IV, had been doing gay porn at the tender age of 21:

By tradition of the Aga Khan blood line, [Embiricos] is a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. Also, he is an amateur gay porn star, uploading videos to the Internet with names like “Chelsea Bareback Whores.”

The trail isn’t hard to pick up. As of yesterday, the main image on Embiricos’ MySpace profile was of him holding a hand-written sign saying: “March 26, 2007 XTube screenname: Andrew Sauston.”

Village Voice columnist Michael Musto claims the strikingly handsome Embiricos battled HIV and wonders whether his death might have been the result of experimenting with autoerotic asphyxiation:

“And now, NewYorkPost.com reports that Andrew was found dead, with a plastic bag over his head—an apparent suicide. Or is that really what happened?

He left no note, which is rare for a suicide. His Facebook comments had recently been cheerful. He was set to go on a trip to London with a friend. And his viral load had been way reduced.

Yes, he had tried suicide before, but onlookers felt he’d gotten past that extreme despair.

I’ll tell you one thing, though: Andrew was extremely kinky. Isn’t it possible that Andrew was experimenting with autoeroric asphyxiation? He tried far wilder things just for breakfast.

Whatever the case, I’m deeply saddened by the loss of someone with such radioactive charisma. Put a bag on any negative comments.”

Is Musto’s reasoning plausible—or is it wishful thinking to hope that the troubled ex-X-tube star was just pushing the limits of kink without a buddy?

Photo via Xtube