A well-respected surgeon was found dead in his New York apartment.
Dr. Dean Lorich, 54, was found dead in the bathroom of his home by his 11-year-old daughter on Dec. 10, Daily Mail reported. He was found with a knife in his torso, and his death is being treated as a suicide.
Lorich's wife was playing tennis at the time, and police said there were no signs of forced entry at the apartment. Officials said that the doctor may have been "under some personal stress," according to a police source.
It is not clear if Lorich was taking any medication or if he was suffering from depression. One of his colleagues reportedly fell to her knees in prayer outside his building after learning that he was dead.
"This is horrible, this is horrible. I don't believe this," the woman said, according to the New York Daily News.
Lorich, a father of three, was the associate director of the Orthopedic Trauma Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He was also the Chief of the Orthopedic Trauma Service at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Lorich famously performed several surgeries on U2 singer Bono after he fractured his eye socket during a cycling accident in Central Park in 2014. He also once volunteered to operate on soldiers wounded in combat in Germany and orchestrated a relief effort in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, according to The Hospital for Special Surgery.
"He was a good doctor, and a good man. He saved and helped so many people," Matt Long, a firefighter who Lorich helped after he was run over by a bus, told the New York Daily News. "He gave me back my life, and my family and I are all devastated."
"He came to my wedding. He was part of my life ... This guy did so much for me," Long added. "He sacrificed his whole life to help other people, and I happen to be one of them."
The Hospital for Special Surgery, New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine have since issued a statement on Lorich's death.
"Dr. Lorich was a distinguished orthopedic trauma surgeon and teacher serving at Hospital for Special Surgery, New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine," the statement read, according to ABC News. "We mourn this tragic development and extend our deepest sympathies to Dr. Lorich's family, friends and patients."
An additional statement was issued on The Hospital for Special Surgery's website:
It is with the deepest sorrow that we share with you the news that our colleague Dr. Dean Lorich has passed away. Dr. Lorich was a respected surgeon, teacher and friend to many at HSS, NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine. He helped thousands of patients throughout his career, including many who were impacted by crises abroad. We extend our deepest sympathies to Dr. Lorich's family, friends and patients.