Dr. Doran George, 48, was found dead in the home of Skip Chasey, an executive for Hollywood agency William Morris Endeavor on Nov. 19, 2017

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A California university professor died suddenly during a BDSM bondage session at the home of a Hollywood executive.

Dr. Doran George, 48, was found dead in the home of Skip Chasey, an executive for Hollywood agency William Morris Endeavor on Nov. 19, 2017.

The professor’s tragic death came to light this week when Los Angeles-based crime journalist Mark Ebner discussed George’s unusual passing on his podcast The Grey Zone.

George and the executive from WME’s TV business affairs division were in Chasey’s basement which an autopsy report — obtained by Variety — described as “out fitted as a BDSM style dungeon.”

Dr. Doran GeorgeCR: UCLA.edu
Credit: UCLA.edu

The room included padded floor tiles, a ladder back chair, a metal cage, a padded examination table and a St. Andrews cross, according to the autopsy report.

George — who was born Duncan Gilbert but changed their name and did not use gendered pronouns — was wrapped “head to toe in plastic wrap and gaffer’s tape, with small breathing holes at the nose and mouth,” the autopsy report stated.

The professor was also wearing a “locked metal chain around [their] neck.”

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Skip Chasey
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When Chasey, 62, noticed that George “was not reacting properly” he checked in on the UCLA faculty member and realized George wasn’t breathing.

“The partner called 911 and began cutting off the plastic and tape,” the autopsy report stated.

When first responders arrived at Chasey’s home, they found Goerge free from the plastic wrap but unresponsive as the professor was suffering from a cardiac arrest.

A cause of death was not determined by the coroner, although the autopsy report said the death may have been a consequence of “recreational mummification bondage.”

George and Chasey had known each other for seven months and they “routinely had bondage sessions” at Chasey’s home, the autopsy report said.

Chasey had also “written articles regarding body wraps and similar activities,” according to the autopsy report.

Chasey is well known in the BDSM community, and is referred to as “Master Skip.”

He has been an instructor in the community and spoken at events directed toward those interested in BDSM, according to Leatherpedia.

Chasey’s lawyer, John Duran, tells PEOPLE the executive was “very traumatized” by what had occurred.

“The two guys were friends, they’d had sexual relations for months. The way it ended was not what either man expected,” Duran says.

“It’s important that the cause of death is undetermined,” he continues. “Neither of them used drugs. No drugs were used that night. It was something they had done before.”

Calling Duran an expert in the field of BDSM, Duran added, “The result was unexpected and tragic.”

In a statement to THR, WME said, “While we were unaware of the circumstances surrounding this personal matter until now, we understand that the police file is closed and no charges were brought.”

“If other facts develop we will re-evaluate the situation and determine any appropriate action to take,” the statement concluded.

George is survived by their partner of 16 years, Barry Shils and sister Ann Gilbert.

Gilbert paid tribute to her sibling on a memorial website describing Doran as a person who “touched the lives of so many people in very many ways.”

“Words can never express the cumulative sense of shock and devastating loss felt by so many people at his untimely death,” she added