Jacob Ehrler - Editor of "The Visitor" - Falls To His Death In Paitilla
Saturday, November 30 2013 @ 05:56 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
Detectives from the Panamanian National Police and investigators from the prosecutor's office of the Public Ministry are investigating Jacob's death, which appears on the surface to have been accidental. Toxicology and autopsy results are pending.
I knew Jacob personally, and ran into him not too long ago when we were both auditioning for the same part in a television commercial (neither of us were selected.) During the encounter Jacob told me a wild story about how someone broke into his apartment and tried to kill him, and he escaped by leaping out of a window (and he broke his leg or ankle in the process). In fact, if I remember correctly he was still wearing the cast at the time. I forget most of the details of what he told me. I remember it was a wild tale, and now I'm both wondering if it's possibly related in anyway way to his death, while simultaneously trying to pull the details out of the muck of the back of my brain. I figure the odds are slim - and that Jacob's death was probably just a dumb (bad) luck slip and fall accident - but still it might be worth the investigator's time to revisit the details of that earlier incident. Jacob told me it was all reported at the time, so at least there should be a record of it somewhere.
Jacob and I were both selected as two of "The 9 Most Influential Foreigners in Panama" in an article published in June of last year. We occasionally compared notes and shared information when necessary or appropriate for news related items - but mostly The Visitor does soft and noncontroversial tourist related sorts of articles, while I tend to look for ways to stick my nose, fingers, tongue, and other body parts into the fan whenever possible. So we had similar jobs with greatly different editorial approaches - and we respected one another on a professional level.
Jacob was all over Panama City, as a young and unmarried single guy, and the Editor of The Visitor, he was frequently seen on the party circuit.
Jacob was and Assistant Broker at The Corcoran Group in Manhattan before moving to Panama.
I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Jacob's friends and family members for their loss.
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