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Jason Sheftell, Daily News real estate reporter, dies

June 17, 2013 03:00PM

Jason Sheftell, the New York Daily News real estate reporter and editor, was found dead today inside his West Village home. He was 46 years old. Police told the Daily News that the cause of death was still unclear, but a cousin told the paper that Sheftell appeared to be healthy.

“He had an enthusiasm and a zest for life that was infectious,” Colin Myler, the Daily News’ editor-in-chief, said. “He was probably the most popular guy in the newsroom — everybody loved him because he was always there when you needed him.”

Sheftell was expected to attend a family event this weekend, but failed to show. His last story for the paper was about a seaplane trip to Sag Harbor to view the condominium conversion of the Bulova Watchcase factory[NYDN] —Zachary Kussin

  • mpeters

    I am so sad to read about the passing of Jason. I had the pleasure of working with him on several stories in the past. It is a reminder of how surprisingly short our life can be and the importance of always living each day to the fullest. Regards to his family.

  • HarryCo

    Today is a sad day for New York City real estate news.

  • Etienne Coffinier

    I had the huge pleasure to have met Jason on an article he wanted to write for the New York Daily News. We loved his enthusiasm, his intelligence and his culture. More, I really loved him and always looked forward to the interview sessions. I am in shock at this awful news. I hope to be informed of his funeral service where I would pay my respects. I personally miss Jason very much and have a hard time realizing that we won’t have him around anymore. Very sad.

  • Ariela

    Jason was such a cheerleader and booster for the residential revitalization of the Yankee Stadium area from the minute it started taking off 7 years ago. He had his finger on the pulse of the home lives and home loves of real New Yorkers from stratospheric gazillioners to their legions of rent controlled neighbors. If there were a story, he told it – getting all the juicy details with his machine gun stacatto questions. Jason, you were loved and you will be missed.