Briland, Bahamas — People are getting slaughtered all over the Bahamas and today a Briland resident and international designer is just the latest victim.
J. Wallace Tutt III, a South Florida interior designer and developer whose elegant, understated style attracted a celebrity clientele that included Cher, Gianna Versace, and Robert De Niro, was found dead in bushes at a popular upscale community called the Narrows on Harbour Briland Saturday morning. Though police say the cause of death was unclear, we at BP wonders who drags themselves into the bush and dies?
Bahamian police said they were investigating Tutt’s death, but would not comment on whether foul play was suspected.
Bahamas Press can confirm police is questioning Tutt’s male partner at this hour. While police have yet to classify the discovery, BP will classify this as the country’s latest murder; #128 since 2009.
Tutt, 53, lived on a private island he owned off of Harbour Island. He also maintained a penthouse on Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbour.
Longtime friend Dan Sehres, owner of Miami Beach’s Bar 721, said Tutt’s body is being flown to Nassau, Bahamas, for an autopsy.
“He was a gentleman that was truly a great friend,” Sehres said.
“Honestly, I’m going to miss that. He’s one of those people I thought I was going to know forever.”
Tutt’s most recent local accomplishment was the renovation of The Angler’s hotel, completed in 2007. But for the past several years, he had been spending much of his time at his Bahamian masterpiece: The Rock House, a 1940s-era house that Tutt converted into a luxury boutique hotel.