Investigations launched after 2 weekend deaths at Boystown bathhouse

The entrance to Steamworks bathhouse | Google

UPDATE 3:02 PM – The medical examiner’s office said this afternoon that Loveless’ death was caused by arteriosclerosis and obesity. Fraser’s autopsy is pending.

Area North detectives are conducting a pair of death investigations after two men died separately over the weekend in Boystown. Both deaths occurred at 3246 North Halsted, the address of Steamworks bathhouse, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.

Most recently, police and medical personnel responded to the long-running private club to handle a report of an unconscious man around 11:55 p.m. Sunday.

The man, identified by the medical examiner as 59-year-old Marcus Z. Loveless, was pronounced dead less than an hour later at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. An autopsy is scheduled.

Loveless died two days after an ambulance crew removed an unresponsive 55-year-old man from the bathhouse at 8:55 p.m. Friday. That man, identified as Donald Fraser, was pronounced dead at Masonic at 9:33 p.m., according to the medical examiner.

The men are the fourth and fifth persons to die at the bathhouse since January 2017.

On Apr. 6, 2019, a 53-year-old man was found dead in his private room after he failed to leave by check-out time. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be accidental consumption of a lethal amount of inhalants, according to the medical examiner. Officials did not publicly identify the inhalant.

On July 11, 2017, a 31-year-old man was pronounced dead after he was found unresponsive in room 308 at the club. He died from accidental acute methamphetamine intoxication, the medical examiner said.

On Jan. 23, 2017, a 36-year-old suburban man was found dead in the bathhouse’s jacuzzi and sauna area about three hours after he arrived. His death was ruled an accidental drowning.

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