Who was Glenn Hirsch? 'Duck sauce killer', 51, who killed NYC deliveryman dies by suicide at home

Glenn Hirsch, 51, had nine prior arrests on his record and the cops found his fridge full of duck sauce, giving him the nickname 'duck sauce killer'


                            Who was Glenn Hirsch? 'Duck sauce killer', 51, who killed NYC deliveryman dies by suicide at home
Glenn Hirsch was found dead in his apartment hours before his hearing in Supreme Court Queens County (Mugshot exclusively obtained by New York Post)
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QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: Glenn Hirsch got himself the nickname "duck sauce killer" after the murder of Zhiwen Yan, father-of-three, 45. Hirsch allegedly shot the restaurant delivery man in the chest while he was fulfilling deliveries for a Chinese restaurant on his scooter in Forest Hills. After he was charged with the murder of Zhiwen Yan, he was out on a $500,000 bail. He was set to appear in court today in relation to the allegations but Hirsch was found dead hours before his Supreme Court hearing, i.e., Friday,  August 5, 2022. 

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Glenn Hirsch, wearing rubber gloves and holding a gun, was found dead on his couch which was covered entirely in plastic and the radio blasting loudly in the background, as per New York Post. As per their sources, Hirsch seemed to have planned his suicide down to the last detail. It's also revealed that beyond just finding the couch covered with plastic and rubber gloves on his hands, the law enforcement officials also found a type-written suicide note, several pages long. The note was found laid by the alleged killer's feet. He had also emailed this note to his lawyers, prosecutors, and other parties involved in the case in which he denied killing Yan writing, "This is my dying declaration."

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Glenn Hirsch committed suicide in his apartment hours before his hearing in Supreme Court Queens County. (Photo: Mugshot exclusively obtained by New York Post)
Glenn Hirsch committed suicide in his apartment hours before his hearing in Supreme Court Queens County (Mugshot exclusively obtained by New York Post)

Who was Glenn Hirsch?

Glenn Hirsch, 51, had nine prior arrests on his record before he pleaded not guilty to killing Yan. At Hirsch's Briarwood home, the cops found the entire refrigerator full of sweets and sour duck sauce, which is where he got his infamous nickname from. His attorney, Michael Horn, said in a statement to Daily Mail, "The officers went to Mr Hirsch's apartment this morning and found him deceased, apparently through a gunshot wound - self-inflicted. It seems to be suicide, there was a note in which he expressed that he wasn't guilty, that the process was not treating him fairly.  But that is obviously the thoughts of a person who was anxious, depressed, and refused to seek counseling."

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Glenn Hirsch the 'duck sauce killer' who killed food delivery man Yan, was found dead in his apartment. (Photo: Fox 5 News/YouTube)
Glenn Hirsch the 'duck sauce killer' who killed food delivery man Zhiwen Yan, was found dead in his apartment (Fox 5 News/YouTube)

Horn, in a separate statement, told NY Post, "He left a long note, but essentially, he became overwhelmed by the press coverage and the media attention and the rush to vilification, and he didn’t take care of his mental health, which is obviously something he needed to do, and he became depressed and suicidal."

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Jennifer Wu, attorney for Yan's family, spoke to CBS News, stating, "We just found out that defendant killed himself. Zhiwen Yan's family is in shock.  We ask for privacy, and thank the NYPD and District Attorney for their efforts to seek justice." Hirsch was married to Dorothy Hirsch who herself was arraigned on weapons charges after a police raid of her Briarwood home found eight handguns and ammunition. Dorothy Hirsch, 62, pleaded not guilty during her arraignment on Monday, August 1, in Queens Supreme Court. 

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If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).