The UCLA professor dies in mummification ritual in Hollywood executive home

Doran George, 48, died at the home of a Hollywood executive in November 2017.


A professor at the university of California, died during a bondage session in the house of a Hollywood executive that went horribly wrong.

Doran George, 48, was found dead in the house of Skip Chasey, an executive for Hollywood’s William Morris Endeavor agency and well known in the BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Dominance and Submission) community, as the “Master Bypass” on Nov. 19, 2017.

George, who was born Duncan Gilbert and not gendered pronouns, had packed “head-to-toe in plastic wrap and gaffer tape, with small breathing holes in the nose and mouth,” according to an autopsy report obtained late last week by Variety.

“The decedent, the partner observed that the decedent was not responding well,” says the report. “The partner checked the decedent closer and realized that the decedent was not breathing. The partner called 911 and began cutting off the plastic and tape.”

George, who had a 16-year relationship with a man named Barry Shils that allowed for sexual activity outside their partnership, it had become a hard playmate of Chasey is in the course of seven months preceeeding his death.

When parademics arrived, they were not able to revive George.

The coroner’s office was unable to determine the cause of the death and Chasey has not been charged with any wrongdoing, reports Variety.

Chasey’s lawyer, John Duran, told Variety that the two were involved in the everyday activity, and notes that the coroner cannot conclude that the packaging was the cause of George’s death.

The UCLA professor Doran George died in the home of a prominent Hollywood agent in November 2017.


“It is very sad and traumatic for Skip,” Duran said. “It is someone with whom he had a relationship with. No one expected it to end this way.”

According to a reminder note published by the UCLA, George had a successful career as a child in the musical comedy in the United Kingdom prior to the accession to the Culture and Performance D. Ph. program at the university’s Department of World Arts and culture in 2008. She developed expertise in the areas of LGBTQ and Disability Studies, earned a phd in 2014, he taught a number of classes and were “very respected, honored and revered” by colleagues and students.

“Who had the honor to be with this course or in one of Doran’s discussions know that their heart was as big as their laughter, and their commitment to social justice was informed by their own queer immigrant experience,” said Alicia Gaspar de Alba, a UCLA professor, in a separate note to colleagues.

The room where George was found filled with padded floor tiles, a metal cage and a padded examination table is described as “equipped as a BDSM style dungeon” in the autopsy report.

The incident received renewed attention when it was discussed on a podcast called The Grey Zone.

For his part, the William Morris Endeavor agency has no plans to take action against Chasey.

“We were not aware of the circumstances surrounding this personal matter up to now, we understand that the police file is closed and no charges were brought. If other facts develop, we will re-assess the situation and determine an appropriate course of action to take,” the agency said in a statement to Variety.

Their partner is left with a sense of guilt about what happened.

“In my grief, I am hitting myself as it was like watching my lover heroin and nothing says,” Shils told The Hollywood Reporter. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think that he’s going to eventually die.”

Christopher Carbone is a reporter covering global affairs, technology and national news for He can be reached at or on Twitter @christocarbone.

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