Police investigating death of de Kooning's daughter


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ST. THOMAS - Police are investigating the death of Lisa de Kooning, the only daughter of the renowned artist Willem de Kooning, after she was found dead early Friday at her home on St. John.

V.I. Police Department spokeswoman Melody Rames issued a press release Monday evening announcing that major crimes detectives are investigating the death.

According to police, officers were sent to de Kooning's Estate Enighed residence about 2:30 a.m. Friday in response to a call about an unresponsive person. When officers arrived, a male witness, who was not identified, told police that he escorted de Kooning from her living room to her bedroom after she had finished drinking some wine.

Police said de Kooning instructed the man to lock her home office, so he left de Kooning in the bedroom. While the man was locking the office, he heard a loud noise like someone falling and discovered that de Kooning was lying on the floor outside of her bedroom, according to police.

The witness said he tried to communicate with de Kooning, but she was unresponsive, according to Rames. The witness said he picked de Kooning up, placed her on her bed and called 911.

Emergency medical technicians at the scene said the victim had no vital signs, and they removed her from the home, according to Rames.

Rames said police are investigating what the witness told them regarding the circumstances of the death. She said that the medical examiner ultimately will determine the cause of death.

De Kooning was well-known as a philanthropist and, as her father's only child, played an important role in preserving his works and legacy.

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