Daniel Auster, 44, was found unconscious on the subway pier on April 20 when he was transported to Brooklyn Hospital, where he died six days later.
The son of an award-winning author was on parole after he was recently charged with the negligence of his ten-month-old daughter. The child’s body was found to contain enough drug “to make the adult unconscious.”
According to The New York Post, Daniel Auster died of an overdose, citing sources close to the case.
More than 100,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States between April 2020 and April 2021, according to official figures. Since 1999, 841,000 people have died in the country from the same cause.
In New York, 77 percent of drug deaths were due to the use of fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. This substance is often used as an analgesic and mixed with heroin or cocaine.
It was this explosive cocktail that killed Michael K. Williams, the protagonist of The Wires series, on September 6 last.
“An overdose epidemic kills a New Yorker every four hours. It’s a public health crisis that affects many people,” warned Ashwin Vasan, director of the municipal health department.