Aaron Traywick’s body was found in a Massachusetts Avenue
A holistic researcher and healer who became famous after he claimed he had found a natural cure for AIDS has been found dead in a spa in D.C.
Aaron Traywick’s body was found in a Massachusetts Avenue spa room in downtown Washington D.C. on Sunday D.C. Metropolitan Police Department confirmed.
According to various news outlets, Traywick was found dead inside a flotation tank.
A police spokeswoman said there is no evidence of ‘foul play’.
Traywick was known for his fight against Big Pharma and actively campaigning for people to take control of their lives with holistic remedies.
He adds to a long line of holistic doctors and healers who have been mysteriously died over the past two years.
Traywick claimed that his holistic “biohacking” company constructed a DIY “research compound” that was capable of curing HIV, AIDS, and herpes
He was gearing up to provide proof of the cure and launch a compound for diagnostic testing later in 2018.
According to Vice: “Aaron was a passionate visionary. He seemingly never tired as he brought people together to work on some of the most imposing challenges facing humanity,” Roberts said in a statement. “While many in the biohacking scene disagreed with his methods, none of them doubted his intentions. He sought nothing short of a revolution in biomedicine; the democratization of science and the opening of the flood gates for global healing.”
Ascendance Biomedical rose to prominence thanks in part to its workers’ willingness to publicly experiment on themselves.
Traywick once dropped his pants on a conference stage to inject himself with what he said was a potential herpes treatment, and sat next to Roberts as he live-streamed injecting himself with a compound designed to alter his genetic code and cure him of HIV.
But in recent weeks, Traywick — who had no medical background — had lost touch with his colleagues at Ascendance Biomedical.
Disagreements over the company’s direction and philosophical differences over how to best distribute its creations split the small startup.
“We all lost touch with him. It was radio silence,” Stuermer, a researcher, told VICE News, which profiled the company earlier this month. “It was more than four weeks ago.”
Stuermer is also hopeful that the scientists who once worked at Ascendance Biomedical will continue their work.
“The future is difficult to predict. He was willing to go where lots of people were afraid to go,” Stuermer said of Traywick.
“I don’t have the perfect answer to this, but stuff will go on.”