Yikes! Was that really a dead body on Alexander Street?

I was on Twitter this afternoon and read:

ryangoldvine: RT @jcpoyser: Dead body outside my front door. Another day in Gastown. Eastside, yo. Ground level: http://twitpic.com/2ofrjc

The above Twitpic link showed:

Photo by @jcpoyser (http://twitpic.com/2ofrjc)

Photo by @jcpoyser (http://twitpic.com/2ofref)

By the time I looked out the window, most of the police had already left. I saw these two cops and a white sheet on the road at around 1:45pm:

What happened?


Update: I’m adding to this post at around 8:45pm.

As of right now, there has been no news coverage about the death in Gastown this morning. The only details I found were through Twitter. Here are two tweets by @ryangoldvine from about an hour ago. He gives a firsthand account:

@woodwardsmile @jcpoyser, I walked by around 11:45am and saw it all, bare feet sticking out from under the sheet….1/2

@woodwardsmile @jcpoyser, came back around 2:30pm, cops and body gone, street washed, and what looked like blood in a crack in pavement. 2/2

This is a grisly subject matter that I am reluctant to blog at length on; however, it is important to clarify that there was a death in the neighbourhood, that it was definitely not a staged movie scene. It is puzzling that there is no news coverage of this death, but I should not be surprised. Perhaps many deaths go unnoticed not just by news but also by neighbours. At this moment it seems like (other than the police) only @ryangoldvine, @jcpoyser and I know that someone passed away this morning. It is more than a little sad. R.I.P.

Update: Please read the follow up blog post.


6 Responses to Yikes! Was that really a dead body on Alexander Street?

  1. Gavitron September 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    I’d heard it was a jumper

  2. raincoaster September 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    It’s important to remember that death is a part of life; it sounds like a cliche, but it’s literally true, and humbling to think about. People do just drop dead, all the time, all over the world. I hope foul play wasn’t involved, and I suspect that it wasn’t or we’d have heard about it on the news.

    Once, my friend passed two dead bodies on her way to work, and stopped in Gastown to help a homeless woman deliver a baby. She was a little late, but she said it was worth it. Hey, life goes on, somehow, even here.

  3. Jake September 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

    I heard through word-of-mouth that it was a suicide by jumping off one of the buildings. This may explain why there was no news coverage?

  4. Ryan September 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    This was the first photo I posted from my blackberry on my way to my meeting:


    It wasn’t until about an hour later that I saw @jcpoyser’s tweets.

    I’ve been looking all over most of the day for some bit of news, but nothing. Very sad indeed.


  5. GassyRick September 15, 2010 at 5:17 am #

    I saw it as well around 1pm…and no news coverage most likely means it was death via natural causes…although a little strange because of where it happened. But there will people eating at Chill Winstons and Terra Cotta while the body was there…apparently no possibility of harm to those close by…not really a great thing to walk by but whatyougonnado

  6. VancouverHoods September 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    confirmed suicide — which the media will never report on.. although we (my work) sent news crews there initially. it was called in by staff at terracotta chinese bistro. sad.

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