Son, 41, of hero detective Frank Serpico, whose life was portrayed by Al Pacino, dies of drug overdose in Manhattan apartment
- Alexander Serpico, 41, was found dead in his Wall Street apartment on Monday
- Drug paraphernalia allegedly found near Serpico’s body after building manager called police
- Serpico was the only child of famed whistleblower Frank Serpico, who was played by Al Pacino in the 1973 film named after him
- Elder Serpico is an anti-corruption crusader who was shot while on duty in 1971 but survived to testify before the police investigation panel
The son of legendary New York City whistleblower Frank Serpico has died of a drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment. He was 41.
Police were called to a luxury apartment building in the heart of the financial district on Monday afternoon, where they discovered that Alexander Serpico was unresponsive. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
Drug paraphernalia allegedly found near Serpico’s body in his 21st-floor apartment at 75 Wall Street.
Alexander Serpico, 41, the only child of legendary whistleblower Frank Serpico, was found dead in his Wall Street apartment on Monday. The older Serpico, now 85, is pictured at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017
Al Pacino portrayed the hero cop on film in ‘Serpico’ in 1973
Police did not say how long Serpico had been dead before the apartment complex manager approached his unit and made the grim discovery. New York Daily News.
The town’s medical examiner’s office will determine Serpico’s official cause of death.
Serpico graduated from the School of Visual Arts and worked as a film editor specializing in movie trailers, TV promos and commercials.
According to his IMDB page, he worked as an editor on NBC’s Saturday Night Live between 2009-2014.
Frank Serpico’s exploits as an anti-corruption crusader were portrayed in the 1973 film Serpico, starring Al Pacino (pictured in 2004)
In 2017, Serpico gave a speech in New York City in support of Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality
Serpico was labeled a ‘rat’ by his colleagues in the police force because he spoke out against grift
Frank Serpico (left) was played by Al Pacino (right) who bears a resemblance to the cop
Alexander was the only child of retired NYPD detective Frank Serpico, now 85 years old, whose exploits as an anti-corruption crusader were immortalized in the 1973 film Serpico, starring Al Pacino as the defiant whistleblower.
As a plainclothes officer in the early 1970s, Serpico had dared to turn down bribes and turn in dirty cops, prompting his colleagues to call him a “rat” for his alleged treason.
On February 3, 1971, Serpico found himself locked in the doorway of a suspected drug den in Brooklyn and was shot in the face. Two other officers on the ground ignored his requests for assistance and in ’10-13 ‘declined to indicate by radio that an officer needed assistance.
Serpico survived the shooting, leaving him deaf in one ear, and then gave dramatic testimony to the town’s Knapp commission, the special panel investigating widespread police transplants.
Alexander graduated from the School of Visual Arts and worked as a film editor specializing in movie trailers, TV promos and commercials
Alexander’s body was discovered in his 21st floor apartment in this luxury condominium building at 75 Wall Street
Serpico received the NYPD’s highest award, the Medal of Honor, but retired from the force a month later and left for Europe, still with a bullet fragment in his head.
He later returned to the US and settled in upstate New York, where he ran unsuccessfully for a place on a city council in 2015.
Serpico continues to speak out on police corruption and civil liberties violations. In 2017, he delivered a speech in New York City in support of Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality.
As of Wednesday morning, the elder Serpico has not publicly commented on his son’s death.