Daniel Auster died of OD aged 44 while being charged with baby’s drug death

Daniel Auster, the long-troubled son of writer Paul Auster, died on Tuesday at the age of 44, The Post has learned.

Auster was out on bail and was charged with manslaughter stemming from the death of his 10-month-old daughter Ruby on November 1, when he died, according to a source who knew Auster.

Auster died of an accidental drug overdose, law enforcement officials told the Post. The overdose is believed to be unintentional because he was still on drugs and the dose was similar to what he would normally take, the sources said.

Auster was caring for his 10-month-old daughter, Ruby, on the afternoon of November 1 when paramedics responded to an 911 call from his Brooklyn home and found the child unconscious and unresponsive.

She was taken to Methodist Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy revealed Ruby died of a fentanyl and heroin overdose, authorities said.

It’s not clear how Ruby took the drugs, police said.

Paul Auster with his daughter Ruby
An autopsy revealed that Auster’s 10-month-old daughter, Ruby, died of a fentanyl and heroin overdose.

Daniel Auster with his father Paul.
Daniel Auster with his father Paul.

Auster was arrested on April 15 and charged with manslaughter and manslaughter, police said.

Over two decades ago, Auster pleaded guilty to stealing $3,000 from drug dealer Andre “Angel” Melendez – who was nefariously killed in 1996 by his roommate, New York party promoter “Club Kid Killer” Michael Alig.

Auster used heroin as a teenager, according to people familiar with the Alig case.

His father, Paul Auster, has won numerous international awards for his books, including titles such as The New York Trilogy, The Book of Illusions and Moon Palace. His mother is an author and translator Lydia Davis. Davis and Auster divorced in 1978. Daniel Auster died of OD aged 44 while being charged with baby’s drug death


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