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  • 11 July 2014, 14:22

Google Call Girl Linked To Another Drug Death

An alleged call girl accused in the death of a Google executive has been linked to another drug-related death last year.

Alix Tichelman faces manslaughter charges in California after police say she left as Google executive Forrest Hayes lay dying on his yacht in November following a heroin overdose.

About two months earlier in Georgia, Tichelman's boyfriend Dean Riopelle, owner of a popular Atlanta music venue, suffered an overdose in their home and then died.

The alleged high-priced prostitute, 26, was not charged in Mr Riopelle's death, but police are now going to take another look.

"Both subjects in these cases died of heroin overdoses so there are several factors we want to look at to make sure that we didn't miss anything," Milton police Captain Shawn McCarty said.

"There are too many similarities for us not to look."

Mr Riopelle was the lead singer of a rock 'n' roll band called the Impotent Sea Snakes, known for its wild stage shows and sexually explicit lyrics.

He also owned the Masquerade, an Atlanta music venue that is a popular destination for rock, punk and metal acts.

It is composed of three levels: "heaven" upstairs; "purgatory" on the main floor; and "hell" downstairs.

The couple had been together for over two and a half years when he died.

In September last year, Tichelman called 911 saying her boyfriend had overdosed.

She tried for five minutes to revive him before calling 911, according to a police report. She said she did not know how many drugs Mr Riopelle had taken, but that he had been on a "bender the last few days", according to the police report.

Mr Riopelle died at a hospital a week later.

Police in California say Tichelman had many clients in the wealthy Silicon Valley, but it was not clear how long she may have been involved in prostitution.

Police there also said that, after Mr Hayes' death, she had done online searches for how to defend herself legally after administering a lethal dose of heroin.

Tichelman was arrested on July 4 in a sting operation by a detective posing as a would-be client.

She describes herself on social media as a former journalism student, as well as an "artist/model/stylist/hustler/writer/baddest b**ch/exotic dancer".