January 18, 2018
Tom Lott, my partner of 34 ½ years and husband of the last 2 ½ years, died sometime early this morning. Tom was 75.
Tom was the Trustee for The Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association (ASGRA).
I'm going to be very open about his death. It was the result of alcohol addiction.
Tom had been drinking more than usual yesterday and may have used poppers during the evening. I was sleeping in the guest room last night.
While the exact cause of death is with the coroner's office, it appears he was in bed and tried to either roll over or to get up to go to the bathroom. In his inebriated state, he slipped and his head became lodged between the bed and a wooden file cabinet we used as a night stand. I believe this cut off his wind pipe and, with the state he was in; he was unable to free himself.
I found him about 10:30 am this morning. I called 911, but it was fairly clear it was too late. The paramedics worked on him for about 20 minutes before giving up. His body has been taken to the coroner's office and they are going to do an autopsy tomorrow (Jan 19).
I will follow up with more information as I get through the next few days.
Frank Harrell (Cowboy Frank)