Jason Sheftell, a real estate reporter at and eight-year veteran of the Daily News, was found dead in his West Village apartment today. Mr. Sheftell was 46. His family contacted the News after he failed to appear at a planned gathering over the weekend. The NYPD says the cause of death is unclear.
News editor-in-chief Colin Myler told the newsroom that Mr. Sheftell’s “dedication to his role as a real estate reporter was legendary. He will leave a void that will never be filled in the Daily News family. To use his own phrase when his father passed a couple of years ago: ‘He was a good man, with a great heart, and that’s all we can ask of anyone’.”
Mr. Sheftell, who was born in Brooklyn, was first exposed to real estate by his mother, Karen, a broker in Connecticut.
The News’ obituary said that in a 2010 interview, a reporter from Brick Underground asked Mr. Sheftell to describe his dream home.
“An old historic house in Red Hook near the water with a big backyard,” he said. “That would be heaven.”
Our condolences go out to Mr. Sheftell’s colleagues, friends and family.