A 54-year-old man was found dead in Milwaukee’s Midtowne Spa, 315 S. Water St., on Jan. 3. The cause of death is under investigation.
The man, whose name was not released, was last seen alive on video going to his room at the gay bathhouse at 3:42 p.m. on Jan. 2. A staff member found him unresponsive the next day with a chain wrapped around his neck, according to the spa manager, who identified himself only as Michael.
The room, No. 275, is the only one in the facility equipped with chains, but Michael told the medical examiner’s office that the man did not request that room in particular. The man had been a spa member since 2005.
“This will most likely be determined an accidental death,” Michael said. “He got himself into a position he couldn’t get out of. I do not believe for a moment that he intended to harm himself. He just thought he would try something and it ended very badly for him.”
The deceased man’s wife said she did not believe her husband was depressed, according to WISN news. The ABC affiliate reported that the man was a registered sex offender, convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child in 1991.
Michael said the man was “quiet and kind” and liked by the spa’s staff.
“We are as saddened by his loss as his friends and family,” he said. “He was a valued client and he will be missed.”
Milwaukee’s Midtowne Spa is part of a chain of gay bathhouses that also operates locations in Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Hollywood, Los Angeles and Wilmington, Calif.