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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Death by neck massager: Doctor killed at Christmas when 'her necklace got caught and strangled her'

Radiologist Dr. Michelle Ferrari-Gegerson was found dead by her husband on Christmas Eve in their Florida home

A neck massager may have killed a Florida mom on Christmas Eve.

The Fort Lauderdale woman's death apparently was caused when an electric neck massager became ensnared on her necklace and strangled her, sheriff's investigators said yesterday.

The woman, 37-year-old medical doctor Michelle Ferrari-Gegerson, had been wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve and used the massager to relieve neck pain, Broward County Sheriff's investigators said.

Her husband, dentist Kenneth Gegerson, found her lying unconscious on the bedroom floor in their home and called paramedics, who pronounced her dead.

Paramedics found the neck massager on the floor next to the woman.

Investigators believe the massager got tangled on her necklace and tightened it around her neck, causing her to lose consciousness and stop breathing.

Ferrari-Gegerson, 37, worked as an emergency room radiologist and was the mother of a one-year-old, colleagues said.

Her death is believed to be accidental, but homicide investigators are withholding details about the brand of massaging device until the investigation is complete, a sheriff's spokesman said.


  1. This story makes no sense. If she was a radiologist and a veteran of the emergency room, it seems to me that she would be too smart, too well-trained, and too resourceful to get herself into such a predicament to begin with, let alone perish from it...

  2. why not just turn it off or if you can't feel the button, unplug it ?.

  3. Foul play? Before concluding that this death was the result of a bizarre accident foul play must be ruled out. why would she leave a necklace on while using the massager? Who bought the massager, and when?
    Any life insurance involved ?