TDoR 2020 / 2019 / October / 25 / Janette O’Sullivan

Janette O’Sullivan

Age 28

25 Oct 2019
East Harlem, New York (USA)
Not reported

Janette O’Sullivan
Janette O’Sullivan [photo:]

Janette's decomposing body was found in her apartment on Friday 25th October. She had died around 10 days earlier.

No one noticed when Janette O’Sullivan died in her East Harlem apartment. As many as 10 days passed before anyone found her.

When someone finally did, they discovered her decaying corpse splayed out across a bed. The shocking discovery has sent a wave of sorrow and fear through the city-subsidized supportive housing building O’Sullivan, who was in the process of transitioning from man to woman, called home.

A friend described O’Sullivan’s body as being stretched out as if "on a cross,” her cell phone missing and her door locked, when police found her on Oct. 25. “You could taste death,” a neighbor said of the stench when the door was finally opened. “It’s not something you should be breathing in.”

The results of an autopsy are still pending further study, according to the city medical examiner.

Janette studied at Baruch College, loved journalism and writing, and performed as a stand-up comedian at clubs around the city like the Gotham Comedy Club.

Janette was not included on the official TDoR 2020 memorial list released by Transgender Europe (TGEU) in November 2020.

Report added: 13 Feb 2021. Last updated: 28 Feb 2021

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