NEW YORK CITY — The months-old death of a New York City fashion designer who dressed Lady Gaga and Rita Ora has been ruled a homicide, police said.
Medical examiners ruled the manner of death for Kathryn Marie Gallagher, 35, to be “drug-facilitated theft,” NBC4 first reported.
The finding hints that someone drugged Gallagher — who was found unresponsive July 24, 2022, inside a Chinatown apartment, police said — to steal something, the NBC4 report states.
A spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner didn’t confirm the drug-facilitated death finding to Patch, but did elaborate on further details.
Gallagher’s cause of death was acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, p-flurofentanyl and alcohol.
The homicide case is related to a larger ongoing investigation, the spokesperson said.
Gallagher was a painter who established a fashion line — Katie Gallagher — in 2010, according to an obituary posted on her alum mater Rhode Island School of Design’s website.
Her work was featured in numerous publications including Vogue and Glamour, and she dressed celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Rita Ora and Laverne Cox, the obituary states.
But Gallagher’s life was cut short eight months ago.
Police responded to a 911 call from her Eldridge Street apartment about 8:50 p.m., where she was found unconscious on a bed, authorities said.
Medics pronounced Gallagher dead inside the apartment, and investigators noted no obvious signs of trauma, police said.
Months later, authorities ruled Gallagher’s death a homicide, according to an NYPD release Friday morning.
No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing, police said.