London gay sauna ‘shocked’ by death of two men

Police are investigating the death of two men, one of which happened at the sauna, and believe it is drug-related

London gay sauna ‘shocked’ by death of two men
30 October 2012

A London gay sauna’s staff has said they are ‘shocked and deeply saddened’ by the death of two men, one of which occurred at the venue on Saturday (27 October).

Police are investigating the two deaths, both men in their 40s, who were visiting the Pleasuredrome in Cornwall Road, Waterloo.

In a press release, the sauna said: ‘The management and staff of Pleasuredrome Spa are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic events of the weekend.’

When Gay Star News reported the incident on Sunday (28 October), police stated three men had collapsed and an ambulance was called at 8.15am.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other two were taken to the nearby hospital. One was in a critical condition.’

The man later died, but the third man, a 34-year-old, is expected to make a full recovery.

While it has not been confirmed, police reports say it was likely drug-related.

Pleasuredrome, which describes itself as London’s best sauna for gay men, has a drug and smoke free policy and is open 24 hours a day.

The venue re-opened today (30 October) after police finished their investigation.

The incident follows a police warning that recent substance-related deaths could be related to a contaminated batch of drugs.

Enquiries are ongoing so if you have any information, call Lambeth police on +44 (0)20 8749 3597.

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