Hong Kong Socialite Fatally Jumped Off Beverly Hills High-Rise After Facelift
Authorities identified the woman who jumped to her death off of a 15-story Beverly Hills high-rise last week as a Hong Kong socialite.
LAFD received reports that Sandra d’Auriol, 53, was standing naked atop of the Camden Medical Arts Building at 414 North Camden Dr. around 7 a.m. on Jan. 22, according to CBS Los Angeles. Authorities closed off the streets and tried to persuade her off the ledge, but she leaped to her death three hours later. D'Auriol was rushed to the hospital, but was declared dead at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.
D'Auriol was a jewelery designer and a mother who lived in Hong Kong with her well-known artist husband. She had visited plastic surgeon to the stars, Dr. Brian Novack (who has done work for celebrities such as Demi Moore) at his Beverly Hills office the day before for a facelift, according to The Hollywood Reporter. d'Auriol was supposed to be discharged the next day after a night of observation, but a source told the Hollywood Reporter she became agitated and aggressive that morning, pulling her hair and removing her hospital gown. She then escaped the office and went to the roof. CBS Los Angeles reported that her behavior may have been a bad reaction to the anesthesia.
Authorities are investigating the case. The Hollywood Reporter contacted Novack's office, to which they received the response, "We are not giving out any information about the incident that happened at our building." A woman in the building had seen the doctor's face after the incident and said he looked "demolished."
D'Auriol had co-founded Children Welfare Scheme (CWS), a charity that helped children in Nepal. The organization released a statement about her (via South China Morning Post):
Sandra devoted her talent for designing elegant jewellery pieces to making the world a better place - all of the proceeds from her successful jewellery business were donated to over 20 humanitarian and environmental causes in Hong Kong and around the world. CWS was proud to be one of these recipients.
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UPDATE 1/30, 9:10 a.m.: D'Auriol's family issued a statement confirming her death:
The fall occurred immediately after undergoing a 13 hour cosmetic surgery procedure. Sandra’s fall appears to be linked to a postoperative neurobehavioral disturbance. We understand that throughout the psychotic incident, the Sandra we knew and loved for her calm, positive disposition never regained consciousness. We draw some comfort from that fact.
The statement also added that d'Auriol's daughters wanted to make others aware of the effects of post-operative psychosis involving full anesthesia so that others could avoid what happened to their mother.
Lt. Lincoln Hoshino with the Beverly Hills Police Department told the N.Y. Daily News: "We are conducting an investigation to determine whether or not there was criminal negligence in the matter, other than that, everything else is under the (coroner’s jurisdiction),”