Celebrity photographer’s husband says couple had ‘intimate’ friends ahead of death

The husband of Los Angeles modeling and photography partner Lisa Swift says the pair were drugged before her body was found dead in a hotel room Wednesday. Michael Rogers told Fox News’s Todd Starnes…

Celebrity photographer's husband says couple had 'intimate' friends ahead of death

The husband of Los Angeles modeling and photography partner Lisa Swift says the pair were drugged before her body was found dead in a hotel room Wednesday.

Michael Rogers told Fox News’s Todd Starnes that Swift and her friend were alone at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, where the bodies of the two were found unresponsive in the room they had rented.

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Rogers says he is unsure how they may have been drugged and has asked for answers.

“It’s a tragedy,” Rogers told Starnes. “I’m still in shock and at this point don’t even know if there was an argument that might have caused the death. Hopefully I get some answers.”

The bodies of Swift, 37, and her friend were found in the room they rented at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police and Henderson Police. Henderson police spokeswoman Allison Benavides told Fox News that the two checked into the hotel on Wednesday and were believed to have been staying there for “less than 48 hours.”

Nevada Department of Gaming spokesman Brian Hovater tells Starnes he has not had any formal contact with Henderson police regarding the deaths.

Rogers said the two were “intimate friends.”

“The two had been in each other’s lives for a long time,” Rogers said. “Lisa had just moved to Las Vegas from Southern California. We had been talking for awhile.”

Rogers believes they booked a room in the room for Swift, who he said had just moved to Las Vegas from California.

Rogers said Swift and her friend had been on an outing. “They went to dinner earlier in the day,” he said. “They were in each other’s lives for a long time and had been talking for awhile.”

The Palms Hotel was also where Sting was the headliner at a March 10 concert, according to published reports. A spokesperson for Sting issued a statement about the incident that described the show as a “big success.”

In a statement, the band said, “We are deeply saddened to hear about this untimely death and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends at this difficult time.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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