This news article appeared in the Village Voice Blogs today:
The body of an Astoria man was found with his pants around his ankles at a Queens cemetery yesterday morning, which is bizarre. The fact that a cowbell was found near his partially nude body makes it really bizarre.The incident immediately brought to mind the original Saturday Night Live "More Cowbell" skit which featured the Blue Oyster Cult Band** with Will Ferrell as fictional Gene Frenkle on cowbell and Christopher Walken as producer Bruce Dickinson -- who famously said; "I put my pants on, like the rest of you, one leg at a time, except once my pants are on I make Gold Records."
The deceased has since been identified as 42-year-old Robert Zaretz. Authorities say there was no sign of foul play, although his nose had been bleeding prior to his death.
Zaretz's body was found about 9 a.m. yesterday near a headstone at the Calvary Cemetery in Woodside by a mourner paying respects to a loved one. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
It's unclear whether Zaretz's death is a criminal matter -- the Medical Examiner's Office plans to conduct an autopsy later today to try and determine the cause of death.
The NYPD opted to not speculate when asked this morning if there were any theories about what a half-naked man was doing in a cemetery with a cowbell nearby -- and neither will we.
The New York Post caught up with some of Zaretz's neighbors. From the Post:
A neighbor said he'd bumped into Zaretz, who was with his wife and a cousin, Friday night as they were headed into the Knights of Columbus hall to celebrate Zaretz's birthday.
"The three of them were going in to have a drink," said the man, who lives on the same floor as Zaretz.
Another neighbor, Claudio Vasilescu, said he heard shouting inside the apartment later that night.
Eerily, the Blue Oyster Cult song with the cowbell sound was "(Don't Fear) The Reaper."
** BOC Cast
Eric Bloom played by Chris Parnell
Buck Dharma played by Horatio Sanz
Alan Lanier played by Chris Kattan
Bobby Rondinelli played by Jimmy Fallon