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UPDATE: Point Beach Man Dies Suddenly At 40; Narcotics Suspected

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office retracted its earlier cause of death. A police source now says that narcotics are suspected to be connected to the death.

O'Brien Funeral Home
O'Brien Funeral Home
Shocked Point Pleasant Beach area residents are mourning the passing of a local man who authorities say may have been the victim of a narcotic-related death, according to authorities.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office retracted its earlier cause of death. A police source now says that narcotics are suspected to be connected to the death.

Baalim Slade Katz, an Army Reserve vet who was a watch manager at Gold Fever, passed away suddenly on Monday at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, according to the O'Brien Funeral Home.

Katz, who served in the Army Reserves from 1992-1993, was born in Edison but was a life-long resident of the Point Pleasant area.
 
Surviving is his father Stuart Katz and his wife Anita; mother Claudia Schuster and her husband John; daughters Taylor and Annabella Katz; the mother of his children Dorothy Martinez; sisters Samara Katz, Cailyn Crannell and her husband Ryan, Amelia Alexander, and Dana Frulio and her husband Vincent all of Point Pleasant.

He also leaves his nieces Anya Grace Schuster and Giulianna Frulio; nephews Mason Crannell and Maddox Crannell as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visiting hours were held on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick. Burial and graveside service took place on Friday 11:30 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery in Metuchen.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the educational fund for Taylor and Annabella. 
PointGirl1 February 09, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Point pleasant patch. OC prosecutors office didn't even give you the first info so why make it sound like they screwed up?? It was the patch that screwed up not OCPO
Frank Pagano February 09, 2014 at 05:00 PM
"May have been" is horrible reporting when it comes to a young mans death ,,,and if i were the family i would be looking at slander on your publication until a firm cause of death is established.
Art Penrose February 09, 2014 at 10:27 PM
This is so unfortunate. During the few times I have shopped at Gold Fever, Mr. Katz was always very cheerful and polite, and very knowledgeable of his craft. I genuinely liked his approach to sales. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Amy Cavanaugh February 09, 2014 at 11:19 PM
RIP Baalim, you are loved and missed by everyone. My prayers and love are with the family.
formerbeachnative February 10, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Isn't this family suffering enough? Why must you publish such personal details? Baalim's passing is sad and unfortunate. Please let this family mourn in peace.

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