After an inconclusive autopsy report last month, the medical examiner has ruled that the death of fashion designer James "Jay" Ott was due to drowning.
The Pine-Richland High School graduate lived in New York and had worked with notable fashion houses, including The Row (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) and J. Mendel. He was reported missing in late March, and his body was found in early May in the New York Bay near Second Avenue and 58th Street in Brooklyn.
Since his death, the fashion community has turned to social media to share their sympathies and memories of Ott. At the annual CFDA Fashion Awards earlier this month, the Olsen sisters dedicated their award for "Accessories Designer of the Year" to Ott, "a dear friend and a great fashion designer" (watch their acceptance speech in the video below).
A memorial scholarship also has been set up in Ott's name at the University of Cincinnati, his alma mater, and will be awarded each year to an undergraduate student in the fashion design program in the School of Design.