A man was found beaten to death in front of a New York City bar that appears in the TV reality series "Mob Wives."
Police responded to a 911 call at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday at the Drunken Monkey Bar & Grill on Staten Island. When officers arrived, they found 46-year-old Abdou Cisse lying on the ground outside. He was declared dead at the scene.
No arrests have been made, but defense lawyer Lou Diamond told NBC 4 New York Monday evening his client was preparing to surrender to police.
Drunken Monkey is home turf to bartender Angela Raiola, who stars in "Mob Wives" on VH1. Her cousin who owns the bar, Sally Ann Lombardi, said Cisse was a friendly fixture there every Friday and Saturday night.
"He was so special. The kindest, gentlest man," she said.
Friends and coworkers described Cisse, a father originally from Senegal, as a "gentle giant" and a peacemaker who always wore a smile and was quick to give a compliment.
"I'm going to miss him as a person. As an employee -- I wish I had a hundred like him. He was that good," said Angel Heredia, who worked side by side with Cisse for the last two years.
-- Marc Santia contributed to this report.