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Silver Lake 'walking man' killed himself, L.A. coroner concludes

July 26, 2010 | 10:20 am

Me_l5y8dqnc Marc Abrams, the doctor known as the "walking man" for his shirtless walks around Silver Lake, died by drowning himself in his hot tub, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said Monday.

“He was found in the Jacuzzi with the Jacuzzi lid pulled over the Jacuzzi itself,” said Ed Winter, assistant chief of the Department of Coroner Investigations. “There was no suicide note found.”

The body was found Wednesday at his home. Abrams, 58, ran a medical practice in North Hollywood until about a year ago.

At the time of his death, Abrams was under investigation for prescribing drugs to a 25-year-old patient who died of an overdose, according to law enforcement authorities and a lawyer for the patient’s family.

On Sunday, more than 400 of the doctor’s friends and acquaintances remembered him by walking one of his favorite stretches around and along Sunset Boulevard.

Abrams’ lawyer said the manner of death was hard to believe. “I do find it strange that there would be a finding of suicide by drowning in a hot tub, which is just difficult to understand,” said the lawyer, Michael A. Zuk.

The death ruling is final, but the full report was unavailable because it was awaiting transcription.

-- Lisa Girion

Photo: Dr. Marc Abrams, 58, walks up a hill near his home in Silver Lake on May 12, 2010. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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