A man was killed in a small explosion inside his home above Austin’s Ale House on 82-72 Austin St. in Kew Gardens on Monday in what police say was an apparent suicide.
Police responded to 911 calls around 6 p.m. on Monday night and discovered the body of 70-year-old Alfred Mayo.
He was dead when the officers arrived, according to police.
Officials believe that he died after detonating a small, unidentified explosive device.
There were no other weapons recovered at the scene.
According to published reports, Mayo, a former Marine, was suffering from throat cancer at the time of his death.
Reports also say that Mayo suffered a massive injury to his head as a result of the blast, which might have been caused by placing the unknown explosive device in his mouth.
There was no damage or danger to the rest of the building.
Mayo’s death happened at the same intersection as the notorious murder of Kitty Genovese in 1964.