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2 Men Found Dead in Hotel Room at Former Versace Mansion on Miami Beach

Police said housekeepers at Villa Casa Casuarina found the bodies Wednesday

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Police are investigating after two men were found dead in a hotel room in the former Versace Mansion on Miami Beach Wednesday.

The discovery was made just after 1 p.m. at the property at 1116 Ocean Drive, which is now a luxury hotel named Villa Casa Casuarina.

Miami Beach Police said they received a call from housekeeping and found the two men dead inside the hotel room.

The identities of the men weren't released.

Officials said the scene was contained to the hotel room and detectives have launched a death investigation.

Thursday marks the 24th anniversary of fashion designer Gianni Versace's fatal shooting outside the South Beach landmark.

On the morning of July 15, 1997, Versace was returning home from the News Cafe, just a few blocks away from his Ocean Drive mansion. As Versace began to climb the steps to his home, serial killer Andrew Cunanan shot Versace in the head. Cunanan, who was suspected of killing four other men, killed himself on a houseboat eight days after Versace's shooting.

Casa Casuarina was built in 1930 and purchased by Versace in 1992. It has operated as a boutique hotel since 2015.

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