Katie Gallagher, a renowned fashion designer based in New York, was discovered deceased on July 24, 2022. As things progressed authorities classified her case as a homicide investigation. But what exactly caused her demise? Let us dive into Katie Gallagher’s cause of death.

The 35-year-old designer had made a name for herself in the fashion industry, with her clothing being worn by famous individuals such as Lady Gaga, Kourtney Kardashian, Rita Ora, and Laverne Cox. Authorities have disclosed that the passing of the promising fashion designer in New York last year might be connected to a series of ‘drug-facilitated theft‘ offenses in the city.

Katie Gallagher’s Cause of death explored

The demise of Kathryn Marie Gallagher, 35, had remained a mystery since she was discovered dead in her Manhattan apartment on the Lower East Side on July 24, last year. Gallagher was well-known for her designs worn by famous figures like Lady Gaga, Laverne Cox, and New York City Ballet dancers.

But the eventual investigation led to a series of actualizations for the NYPD. It can be primarily summarised in the following:

  • Despite no apparent signs of trauma, the New York Police Department declared Gallagher’s death a homicide on Friday.
  • And this was after the city’s medical examiner attributed her demise to acute intoxication caused by a combination of fentanyl, p-pluorofentanyl, and ethanol. Investigators also classified her death as “drug-facilitated theft,” which suggests that someone may have drugged her to steal from her.

In a statement to NBC News, the family of the designer stated that “the medical examiner’s classification of Katie’s death as a homicide affirms what we already knew: she was a victim of a crime. The announcement helps us to correct the record, demand accountability, and grieve more openly.”

About how the investigation led NYPD to rule out Katie Gallagher’s death as a homicide

Katie Gallagher Cause of Death
Katie, image from her Twitter Feed @Katie_Gallagher
  • Following her death, it took almost eight months for authorities to confirm that Gallagher’s passing was due to homicide. Her family has established a GoFundMe campaign to contribute to her legacy fund, with the goal of raising $50,000. Currently, the fundraiser has collected $30,795 from over 220 donors.

The NYPD investigators have not provided any additional information, but reports suggest that they are looking into whether Gallagher was intentionally administered a hazardous drug mixture by someone who intended to rob her.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing,” the police stated.

Is it all connected to a series of theft murders?

According to sources within the police department, Gallagher’s passing resembles 26 other deaths in the city over the last year, all of which have been attributed to “drug-facilitated theft.” However, there is no official indication that her case is linked to any others.

In December, police arrested Kenwood Allen, 33, for the overdose deaths of two men who had been targeted, drugged, and robbed after being approached in nightclubs. Prosecutors allege that Allen was a member of a violent robbery group in Manhattan that targeted nightclub patrons.

“They target their victims leaving bars, offering drugs in some cases, then either through force or when the victim passes out, they remove jewelry, money, high-end watches, and phones from their victims,” stated the NYPD’s chief of detectives, James Essig, at a press conference.


Katie Gallagher Cause of Death
Katie, image from her Twitter Feed @Katie_Gallagher

The use of fentanyl in Gallagher’s murder is expected to intensify existing concerns about the synthetic narcotic, which has been linked to two-thirds of the over 100,000 fatal overdoses in the US last year.

Deaths related to ‘drug-facilitated theft’ are yet another indication that the fentanyl epidemic, which has resulted in calls by lawmakers to classify Mexican drug cartels involved in fentanyl trafficking as terrorist organizations, is fueling deadly criminal activity.

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