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Body found in Hudson ID'd as that of fashion designer Michele Savoia

Designer Michele Savoia attends an event at the

Designer Michele Savoia attends an event at the Delano Hotel on Dec. 3, 2011, in Miami. Savoia's body was pulled from the Hudson River on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. The fashion designer was 55. Newsday's obituary for Michele Savoia
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The body of a man pulled from the Hudson River Sunday afternoon in Chelsea has been identified as that of fashion designer Michele Savoia, New York City police said.

Savoia lived on a boat berthed at the Chelsea Piers and had been missing since early Thursday.

The body was found in the water near Pier 59 at about 1:30 p.m., police said. That's just blocks from the nightclub where Savoia was last seen alive.

Savoia's driver and friend of 25 years said many were grieving his loss.

The designer, 55, leaves behind a 23-year-old daughter and a celebrated career creating menswear and mapping out nightclubs, said the driver, Alberto Alonso, who had reported Savoia missing to the NYPD on Saturday.

"All I have to say right now is I lost a good friend and good brother," Alonso, 52, said Sunday from his Queens home. "I'm very sad right now."

He said Savoia had "a lot of presence," and Savoia's daughter, Gabriella Rocco Savoia, is "very upset" at the news of her father's death.

Alonso said he had been fielding condolence calls from friends and colleagues of Savoia's from as far away as Miami, where Gabriella lives and where Savoia once designed clothes and nightclubs.

Savoia's daughter could not be reached for comment.

Michele Savoia was last seen about 4 a.m. Thursday in the Marquee New York nightclub in Chelsea, police said.

He was nicknamed Savoia the Tailor for his appreciation of finely made menswear, and he designed suits for Robert De Niro, Matt Dillon and other celebrities.

Police said Savoia could be distinguished by his many piercings and tattoos.

He had "House of Savoia," the name of his Lower East Side fashion boutique, tattooed across his chest.


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