Trevor Tice, 48, who founded CorePower Yoga, was found dead in his home Monday under what police are calling suspicious circumstances.
Police discovered the body at about 12:15 p.m. Monday in Tice’s San Diego home after a friend tried to check on him because he wasn’t answering his phone, the Denver Post reported. Spokeswoman for the Denver-based CorePower Yoga Christine Turner confirmed Tice had passed away in a statement.
"We are deeply saddened to confirm that our CorePower Yoga founder, Trevor Tice, passed away on Monday," she said, the Post reported. "No further details are available about the cause of death. ... Our community is grieving this tragic loss and honoring Trevor’s tremendous legacy."
Tice founded CorePower in Denver in 2002, which quickly spread to more than 150 studios across the U.S. The unique approach combines yoga with vigorous workouts, with the company being dubbed “the Starbucks of Yoga,” according to The Washington Post. The approach also has been called a “westernizing” of yoga.
Tice formerly owned an IT company but turned to yoga after he shattered his ankle in a climbing accident. Tice sold the IT business in 2001 before founding CorePower.
His death is being investigated and an autopsy will be completed soon. Lt. Mike Holden of the San Diego police homicide unit said they didn't know what happened. “This could be a straight death. Or, potentially, he could have been murdered and this is a homicide investigation. We don’t know,” he told the Denver Post.
“There are some potential circumstances here that make this a suspicious death.” Holden added. He did not elaborate on those details.
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