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Bronx teacher, 36, found dead of apparent heroin overdose

Matthew Azimi, 36, has been identified as the man found dead at a Bronx school Thursday

Matthew Azimi, 36, has been identified as the man found dead at a Bronx school Thursday

A special education teacher who was found dead at a New York school after an apparent drug overdose was a beloved father, friend and mentor.

Matthew Azimi, 36, has been identified as the man discovered just shy of 6pm Thursday inside a locked bathroom stall at Public School X811 in The Bronx.

Those who knew Azimi said he was a 'role model' and 'veteran teacher' who was 'dedicated to educating and uplifting special needs students,' PIX 11 reported from the school.

Azimi is believed to have gone into the cubicle shortly after the end of the school day at 2:50pm, which is when he was last seen alive.

An NYPD spokesman confirmed the teacher's death on Friday. He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMTs who were called. 

Police also confirmed drug paraphernalia had been lying next to his body.

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The father and special education teacher died of an apparent drug overdose. He was loved by those who knew him, community members said (Azimi is pictured above with two children, believed to be his kids, on Facebook)

The father and special education teacher died of an apparent drug overdose. He was loved by those who knew him, community members said (Azimi is pictured above with two children, believed to be his kids, on Facebook)

The teacher was found  in the bathroom of Public School X811 on Thursday at 5.55pm. All students had gone home and he was discovered next to a glassine envelope

The teacher was found  in the bathroom of Public School X811 on Thursday at 5.55pm. All students had gone home and he was discovered next to a glassine envelope

A glassine envelope, the type commonly used for transporting heroin, was found in the cubicle. 

All of the students left school for the day following the sad event. There are 639 enrolled.

New York Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña told DailyMail.com in a statement: 'This is deeply saddening and my heart goes out to the teacher's family and the school community.

'We will be providing grief counselors and ongoing resources to support students and staff during this difficult time.'

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