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Michele Savoia body found in Hudson River: ‘Likely slipped off a gangplank’

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Michele Savoia’s body has been found. On Sunday around 1:30 p.m., New York Police Department divers fished Michele Savoia’s body from the icy Hudson River near the house boat that he was living in at Pier 59 on the west side of Manhattan. According to a Daily News report on Feb. 16, 2014, the fashion designer “was known for his unique 1930s art deco clothing, Savoia’s client list included actors Robert DeNiro, Mickey Rourke and Chris Noth. He designed singer Ricky Martin’s costumes for the Broadway revival ‘Evita’ and dressed Tom Hanks for his Broadway debut as Daily News columnist Mike McAlary in ‘Lucky Guy’.”

Michele Savoia is believed to have “slipped off a gangplank leading to the yacht after a night of partying, sources said.”

The sad news about the well-liked fashion designer are affecting celebrities and fans alike who wrote that “Savoia spent his life being a kind human being to all that were lucky enough to know him. He was a great friend and inspiration.”

In addition to designing fashion for celebrities, Michele Savoia was also the designer and owner of the boutique House of Savoia. He was originally from Hoboken in New Jersey, attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in the 1970s, and was described as a "tattooed, needle-wielding daredevil" in an article by Fashion Week Daily in 2011.

Last month, CBS 2 featured the fashion designer, also called “The Tailor,” in a story about high-end pawn shops. In an interview, he explained how he used his motorcycle as collateral so he could buy a boat, which he lived on at Chelsea Piers.

Michele Savoia was last seen alive on a surveillance video leaving the Marquee, a well-known club in Manhattan, around 4 a.m. on Thursday. When he missed Valentine’s Day plans with his girlfriend, his friend Felix Rodriguez went to check for him at his boat. Authorities do not suspect foul play. Rodgriguez believes that his friend slipped off the dock.

When divers found Michele Savoia’s body, “the 55-year-old fashion designer was still wearing the raccoon coat he was last seen alive in.”

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