This afternoon the NYC Medical Examiner has concluded that 29-year old Carlisle Brigham died from “blunt impact trauma to her neck.” The finding confirmed what police suspected late yesterday and today — that the young woman’s death inside a Lower East Side apartment building was an accident.
Results of toxicology tests won’t be available for a few weeks.
Brigham fell down a flight of marble stairs at 191 Orchard Street yesterday morning after a night of heavy drinking. Estranged from her husband, she was temporarily staying with a friend. Brigham’s father heads an investment bank in St. Louis and once served as New York City’s budget director.
Brigham worked at the Museum of Natural History until this past spring.
Police investigators say it appears the death of 29-year old Carlisle Brigham yesterday inside a Lower East Side apartment building was probably a tragic accident. Her injuries were so severe that police and paramedics initially suspected someone might have slashed her throat. But NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said last night it’s possible Brigham died after she “struck her chin in a fall down a flight of marble stairs.” Autopsy results likely won’t be available until later today.
Brigham, the daughter of a well-to-do St. Louis family, was separated from her husband, Anthony Champalimaud. They were married a year ago. She was staying with a friend at 191 Orchard Street, just below East Houston. Yesterday police indicated the primary resident of the apartment was being interviewed by police, but was not considered a suspect. Police yesterday described him as a boyfriend. But today the Daily News reports the two were “platonic” friends.