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San Diego homicide detectives are now investigating the suspicious death of CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice after police officers found his body in his upscale Sunset Cliffs home on Monday, responding to a request for a welfare check on the resident. News reports state he bought the home last January for $3 million.
Tice, a 48-years-old Telluride native, founded CorePower Yoga in 2002 in Denver, Colorado and grew the business to more than 160 studios. San Diego's NBC News Channel 7 reported that he had removed himself from the day-to-day operations within the company earlier this year. One student of his program stated she was still in shock after learning of his death. She said, "You would never know he was the big shot in the business. He was so sweet to my daughters, and I thought he was a really good guy. He was very, very charismatic."
The Denver Post reiterated on Wednesday that Tice, "a pioneer in the industry who helped bring a less esoteric, more fitness-oriented vision of yoga to the masses," was found dead on Monday and his death was considered suspicious. The autopsy was expected to be complete by Thursday. It reported, "The yoga community was left reeling by the death of the man who took a single studio on Grant Street in Denver and turned it into a yoga empire that now stretches to more than 150 locations coast to coast." Tice was quoted years ago as saying he wanted CorePower Yoga to be the Starbucks of yoga."
Denver Post said a friend of Tice's had gone to his home Monday after repeatedly calling him, with no response. When he looked inside he saw "troubling circumstances." Westword, a Boulder, Colorado news journal, stated that Tice's home had been undergoing extensive renovation for months, and when a contractor visited the property on Monday, he noticed a trail of broken glass and blood. He then notified authorities.
Yesterday, the San Diego Tribune reported that the autopsy had been completed, but the results won't be released for weeks, according to a San Diego homicide lieutenant. The medical examiner wouldn't say what tests remain to be done, and that the autopsy report was sealed. He said, "What their determination is, is very crucial to this investigation.
The lieutenant said there are currently no suspects in Tice's death.
Christine Turner, spokesperson for Core Power, issued a statement: "We are deeply saddened to confirm that our CorePower Yoga founder, Trevor Tice, passed away on Monday. No further details are available about the cause of death. Our CorePower Yoga community and executive team will not be providing media comment. Our community is grieving this tragic loss and honoring Trevor's tremendous legacy."