Two Irishmen, both of whom lived in Woodlawn, are among five middle-aged men who died suddenly last weekend. Yonkers Police Department is investigating "whether these sudden deaths are connected."
The Yonkers Police Department is investing the sudden deaths of two Irishmen in Woodlawn last weekend, which they believe may be connected to the sudden deaths of three other middle-aged men in the area.
Keith Lynch, from Roscrea, Tipperary, died on Sept 19, while Edward Lynch, from Cootehill, Cavan, died on Sept 21. Both men lived in the heavily Irish community of Woodlawn, in the Bronx, New York. The police are investigating five deaths and have yet to establish an official cause of death.
Speaking to the Irish Daily Star newspaper, Detective Sergeant Dean Politopoulos of Yonkers Police Department confirmed that they are investigating five possibly connected deaths, three of which were in the Bronx.
He said, "We are investigating whether these sudden deaths are connected. We do not know the official causes of deaths yet. They could all be of natural causes but to have five middle-aged men die suddenly in a short space of time is something we are investigating.
"Postmortems have been carried out on both bodies but the results won't be received for several months."
Keith Lynch, Roscrea, Tipperary
Keith Lynch (45) was originally from Roscrea, in County Tipperary. Keith moved to London before making the move to Woodlawn, in New York, in 2000, where he worked as an Aer Lingus carpenter. It was there he met his wife Katie in 2006.
A funeral mass will be held on Sept 27, at 12pm at St. Cronan's Church, Roscrea according to his obituary, in Tipperary Live. It asked for donations to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust charity, in lieu of flowers.
Edward Lynch, Cootehill, Cavan
He was born in Denville, New Jersey, but moved to Ireland when he was just a baby. After secondary school he studied in Dundalk about became an Autocad Technician before moving to the United States.
His obituary says "Edward moved back to Cavan in 2006 to help marry off some of his family. After limited success with his siblings, he moved back to New York where he continued his career in construction.
"In his spare time, Edward loved water sports, drawing, nature and all kinds of animals. He loved drawing portraits of people he knew."
A celebration of Edwards life took place in the Bronx on Sept 24. His funeral at St. Michael's Church, Cootehill will take place on Sept 28, at 12pm. His family also asks for donations to Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust in lieu of flowers.
Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that they are aware of both men's cases and are available to their families for any consular assistance.