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Man found dead near Washington Square Park

A man was found dead, possibly of a drug OD, about a block away from Washington Square Park early Thursday morning, police said.

Cops said that around 7:15 a.m. officers responded to a 911 call of an unconscious man in front of 123 W. Third St., just west of the Groove music club at the corner of MacDougal St. They found the victim seated on a sidewalk bench, unconscious, with no obvious signs of trauma.

E.M.S. responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

“Appears to be a possible drug overdose,” a police spokesperson told The Village Sun.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.

The spokesperson said he did not have information on whether the victim was homeless but that he did not have any ID on him when he was found.

Police are working to identify the man and are withholding release of his name pending notification of his family first.

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