Notorious “Membership Children” Killer Michael Alig Lifeless at 54

Convicted killer Michael Alig has died at the age of 54, E! News can confirm.

According to the New York Police Department, law enforcement responded to a 9-1-1 call on West 159th on Dec. 25, where they found Alig unconscious and unresponsive. EMS arrived shortly after, and pronounced Alig dead, per the police report. Although it’s unclear what caused his death, NBC New York states he passed away due to a suspected overdose. Per authorities, a cause of death has yet to be determined and the investigation is still ongoing.

In the ’90s, Alig, a promoter, co-founded the “Club Kids,” a group of partygoers who became notorious in the New York City nightclub scene. He became a tabloid fixture for throwing parties as well as for his theatrical costumes and drug use. However, in 1997, things took a dark turn when he and friend Robert “Freeze” Riggs pleaded guilty to killing their drug dealer and friend Andre “Angel” Melendez. Riggs and Alig, who claimed they were high on drugs at the time of the murder, reportedly kept Melendez’s body in their apartment for a week—and even had gatherings at their home with his body in the tub—before dismembering his body and disposing it in the Hudson River.

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