According to the Advocate.com, a board member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation ("GLAAD") died of a "heart attack," allegedly due to drug use, while on the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas. Mr. Spencer Yu, a Los Angeles attorney, died after suffering a heart attack on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship which was chartered by Atlantis Events for a seven-day trip along the Mexican Riviera.
The cruise ship’s doctor and nurse reportedly attempted to resuscitate Mr. Yu before he was taken to a hospital in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where he was taken from life support.
The Advocate reports that Mr. Yu was a member of the GLAAD national board of directors since 2006, a vice president of business and legal affairs for Warner Bros., and a graduate of University of Texas School of Law. He served as co-chair of the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles for the past two years and was scheduled to co-host again in 2010.
“Spencer was tirelessly optimistic and brought a ray of sunshine to everyone at GLAAD,” said GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios. Mr. Yu’s surviving partner, Dan Neisen, asked that donations be made to GLAAD’s Spencer Yu Memorial Fund in lieu of flowers.
There were anonymous reports of widespread drug use on the chartered cruise ship.
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