Hamptons: Opera worker’s body washes ashore near celebrity homes

Keith Viagas' body was found in Sag Harbor Cove on Monday.

Keith Viagas’ body was found in Sag Harbor Cove on Monday (Photos: Facebook/Getty Images)

A half-naked body identified as an opera worker has been found in the luxurious Hamptons near the homes of numerous celebrities.

Two kayakers spotted the body of 63-year-old Keith Viagas lying face down on the shoreline of Sag Harbor Cove Monday morning.

“He was naked except for a black shirt around his neck, black socks or shower boots,” a witness told the New York Post.

“It was a ghastly sight to stumble upon on a beautiful August summer morning.”

Viagas worked at the New York City Opera Orchestra and previously served as director of artistic planning at the New York City Opera, according to his Facebook page. He also worked at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and studied music theory and composition at The Julliard School and went to Stony Brook University.

He lived in Sag Harbor and was from Franklin Square, his profile says.

“He’s a long-term resident, but he wasn’t reported missing because he would normally be gone for a couple of days and then come back,” Southampton Police Lt. Susan Ralph told the Post.

Police said they do not suspect foul play.

The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet determined a cause of death.

Viagas’ body was found by a town with the homes of the rich and famous, including The View co-host Joy Behar’s $7.13 million residence, according to The Post. Sag Harbor is also the home or vacation spot of Real Housewives actresses Jill Zarin and Luann de Lesseps, singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, and former television personality Matt Lauer.

Other celebrities with a connection to Sag Harbor include actor Richard Gere, singer Billy Joel, and entertainers Eric Fischl and April Gornik. Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian in 2014 filmed Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons at an area mansion that Rihanna later rented.

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