By LOUIS VERNON-JOHNSONAssociated PressUpdated July 23, 2018 07:13:21A computer virus that killed a server at a luxury hotel in Los Angeles may have also spread to other rooms in the building, according to security video.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office said Tuesday that the cause of death of an elderly man, identified by family as 68-year-old Edward M. Smith, was confirmed to be a coronavirus disease.
He was staying at the Los Angeles Hilton Los Angeles Downtown and his body was sent to the Los Feliz County Medical Examiner’s office for a post-mortem.
No other information was immediately available.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives said in a news release that they have arrested two people on suspicion of murder.
The officers did not identify them.
Smith, who was the city’s first mayor, had served in the Los Alamitos National Guard from 1985 to 1992, according the Los Angelenos Times.
He had been living at the hotel for more than a year and had been the host of a TV talk show on the network, The Dave Show, which was broadcast in the city.
He also hosted a daytime talk show and produced the movie “Mama” and was a regular contributor to ABC News.
In an interview with the Associated Press, a Los Angeles police detective said detectives had been working with a “very well-known Los Angeles crime figure” to track down the virus’s origin.
The detectives, who declined to identify the person or the hotel, said that in recent weeks, a computer system at the property had been breached.
The detective said the virus was spread from a computer to a room through a “network of people who are all connected to the hotel.”
He said the room was not connected to a computer network and that “no one has been able to access the hotel from the Internet, which is the primary method of transmission.”
No one was inside the hotel at the time of the incident.
A hotel employee who was not identified by name said he had been with the hotel and saw a woman leave the hotel in a car about a half-hour before the hotel was shut down.
He said she had a “hotel key” card, but he could not remember the number.
A hotel employee in the lobby said a “huge crowd” of people gathered and the security cameras captured video of the woman leaving.
He described the woman as “extremely drunk.”
“There was a large group of people in there, and they had a lot of security officers surrounding the area,” the employee said.
He said he saw the woman leave again at about 2:30 a.m. and then saw her leave again.
The security camera footage shows the woman walking toward the hotel lobby with her car keys in hand, according in the statement.
A police officer said they were going to the front desk and that the officer had a description of the man who was in the car.
No arrests have been made.
The police officer, who has not been identified, said he and his partner searched the hotel’s parking lot, which had been cordoned off, but they could not find anyone inside.
No further details were immediately available, the statement said.
The hotel is a major tourist attraction with an array of amenities including a spa, indoor pool and a movie theater.