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Cecil Hotel rooftop death ruled accidental drowning

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 01:49PM
Cecil Hotel Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

The Cecil Hotel, where Elisa Lam's body was discovered in a water tank on the roof.

The Los Angeles County Coroner announced on Thursday that Canadian tourist Elisa Lam, whose body was found on the roof of a Downtown hotel, died in an accidental drowning.

Lam's body was discovered in February in a water tank on top of the Cecil Hotel. According to the coroner, Lam suffered from "bipolar disorder" as well as a variety of other "significant conditions."

The 21-year-old woman went missing in Los Angeles in February and her body was discovered a few days later after hotel guests complained about low water pressure.

The Cecil Hotel opened in 1925 and has had a dark history of murders and other illicit activity. Chris Nichols, associate editor for Los Angeles Magazine, told KPCC that infamous serial killer Richard Ramirez (the “Night Stalker”), frequented the hotel in the 1980s.


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