NEW YORK (AP) — A fake doctor was still on the loose Wednesday after a Maryland woman who traveled to New York City to receive silicone buttocks injections died during a procedure in a basement apartment.
New York police said the woman suspected in the death of 34-year-old Kelly Mayhew fled after she fell ill.
The Suitland, Maryland, resident was found unresponsive at the Queens apartment on Saturday. Her mother performed CPR and called 911, but Mayhew didn't survive.
Illicit silicone injections have killed more than a dozen people in the United States, including a New York woman in 2013. A Philadelphia woman was convicted of murder in March for injecting low-grade silicone into a woman's buttocks at an airport hotel room. The substance traveled to her lungs and killed her.
Mayhew celebrated her voluptuous figure on Facebook, posting numerous pictures of her backside, according to Daily News of New York (http://nydn.us/1Fu2IA0).
Her final post featured a photo of curvy performers Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj, and the caption "love," the newspaper reported.
Family friend Kem Harris said Mayhew "brought life" to those around her.
The BET Networks, where Mayhew worked as a freelancer, issued a statement extending condolences to her family.
Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com