UPDATE via New York Magazine's Daily Intel: The NYPD confirms that Baird Jones was found dead last night in his East Village, New York apartment.
Shortly after midnight, West Coast time, I received an e-mail from a mutual friend saying: "Baird Jones has passed away."
A call to Ken Emerson, who sent the e-mail, was not immediately returned.
But he wrote: "After a disturbing lack of response by Baird to my emails and calls I had police emergency services break open the door to his apartment. This happened 5 hours ago [approximately 10.30pm Thursday, EST]. Baird is no longer with us. He died of natural causes."
Although I am unable to confirm Baird's death as of posting this bulletin, I know that Ken was one of his closest confidantes.