Malibu resident Christopher Quint died Tuesday morning in Las Flores Park, directly across the street from The Malibu Times Building. Selena Barros, an investigator from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, said the cause of death should be known by Wednesday of this week following an autopsy. A friend of Quint’s said he had been drinking and taking Xanax the previous night into early Tuesday morning.
Pepperdine University School of Law student Grace Ayers, who shared a house with Quint at the bottom of Las Flores Canyon called “The Rockhaven,” said Quint had returned home Monday after being gone for a couple of months. She said at about 3 a.m., Quint went on a walk up the street with another friend. The friend told her Quint had trouble walking and was falling. The friend, who also lives in “Rockhaven,” returned home without Quint, Ayers said.
An employee at The Malibu Times heard Quint snoring at about 4 a.m. The employee found Quint sleeping on the park pathway just behind the fence next to the street. At approximately 8:30 a.m., a woman who lives on the road found Quint in the same place, appearing lifeless. Paramedics were called to the scene, and found no signs of life.
Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Brooks said the body was inspected by paramedics for signs of foul play and fresh needle marks. He said they found neither. Barros from the Coroner’s Office said she found no visible sign of trauma.
Ayers said Quint had been living in the house for at least two- and a-half years. She described him as “really sweet and very protective.”
“I was happy he was living in my house,” she said.
Ayers said she thinks Quint was in his early 30s. She said Quint has a brother who lives in Studio City.