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Body of fashion designer Michele Savoia found in Hudson River, police say

By Haimy Assefa, CNN
updated 7:42 AM EST, Mon February 17, 2014
Michele Savoia, 55, was last seen leaving a well-known Manhattan club called Marquee around 4 a.m. on Thursday, police said.
Michele Savoia, 55, was last seen leaving a well-known Manhattan club called Marquee around 4 a.m. on Thursday, police said.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Body was that of Michele Savoia, New York City police confirm
  • Fashion designer Michele Savoia was last seen leaving a club early Thursday morning
  • The medical examiner will determine the cause of death, but no foul play apparent

(CNN) -- Police found the body of a missing fashion designer in the Hudson River Sunday, the New York Police Department said.

Michele Savoia, 55, was last seen leaving a well-known Manhattan club called Marquee around 4 a.m. on Thursday, police said. He had been missing since Friday.

According to police, there is no apparent foul play, and the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Savoia's body was found at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday in the water near his house boat, which docks at Pier 59 on the west side of Manhattan.

Celebrated designer Gianni Versace was killed on July 15, 1997, allegedly by suspected mass-murderer Andrew Cunanan. Versace's sister, Donatella, took over the Versace company three months after he died. Ten years after Versace's death, Italy's fashion capital paid tribute to the slain fashion designer with a glittering ballet performance at Milan's La Scala opera house. Celebrated designer Gianni Versace was killed on July 15, 1997, allegedly by suspected mass-murderer Andrew Cunanan. Versace's sister, Donatella, took over the Versace company three months after he died. Ten years after Versace's death, Italy's fashion capital paid tribute to the slain fashion designer with a glittering ballet performance at Milan's La Scala opera house.
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The designer and owner of the boutique House of Savoia has reportedly dressed Robert DeNiro, Matt Dillon and other notables.

According to Savoia's Facebook page, he was from Hoboken, New Jersey, and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in the 1970s.

Savoia was described as a "tattooed, needle-wielding daredevil" in an article by Fashion Week Daily in 2011.

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