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UPDATE: Point Beach Man Dies Suddenly At 40 In Brick; Narcotics Suspected

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office retracted its earlier cause of death. A police source now says that narcotics are suspected to be connected to the death.

O'Brien Funeral Home
O'Brien Funeral Home
Shocked Point Pleasant Beach area residents are mourning the death of a local man this past week at age 40, according to authorities.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office retracted its earlier cause of death. A police source now says that narcotics are suspected to be connected to the death.

Baalim Slade Katz, an Army Reserve vet who was a watch manager at Gold Fever, passed away suddenly on Monday at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, according to the O'Brien Funeral Home.

Katz, who served in the Army Reserves from 1992-1993, was born in Edison but was a life-long resident of the Point Pleasant area.
 
Surviving is his father Stuart Katz and his wife Anita; mother Claudia Schuster and her husband John; daughters Taylor and Annabella Katz; the mother of his children Dorothy Martinez; sisters Samara Katz, Cailyn Crannell and her husband Ryan, Amelia Alexander, and Dana Frulio and her husband Vincent all of Point Pleasant.

He also leaves his nieces Anya Grace Schuster and Giulianna Frulio; nephews Mason Crannell and Maddox Crannell as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visiting hours were held on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick. Burial and graveside service took place on Friday 11:30 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery in Metuchen.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the educational fund for Taylor and Annabella. 
WMS826 February 10, 2014 at 08:39 PM
It still looks like a narcotics death here....which is it. I see he has a quality bunch of friends from some of the well thought out posts on here. Patch will let me know when they what me off here. Until then I will post my opinions just like all of you.
Mark Story Jenks February 10, 2014 at 09:13 PM
Drugs are indifferent in whose lives they can destroy. Good people can suffer just as much as bad people. Without knowledge of the curcumstances in this case, it might be wise to not pass judgement with such haste. RIP, Man.
George FH February 10, 2014 at 09:16 PM
Yankee fan gone-worst part!
Av February 10, 2014 at 10:10 PM
No overdose with a milk jug
Brian February 11, 2014 at 07:40 AM
Bitching about another drug over dose stat on the Brick list is ridiculous. Yea I like this town, that's why I moved here, but Brick isn't the beginning and end of the universe. There is life outside of this town. A man killed himself with drugs. I feel horrific for his family and his poor poor children. My heart bleeds for them. Who gives a damn about a stupid statistic. Drugs are an epidemic throughout this country. It isn't just at the precious Jersey Shore. If people have a problem with a shore town getting a bad name, feel free to go to another town in the different part of the state and OD yourself. Bring those numbers up.
WMS826 February 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Another well thought out post Brian. We are all sick of this, including those of us who do not have children on heroin. We are tired of worrying our children will encounter heroin users and bring them on board, we are tired of heroin users stealing from us, we are tired of irresponsible reporting like on here ruining our towns name so that even if we want to move it is difficult to sell our homes because of this reputation. Please do not look for too much sympathy in this matter from the masses, we are all victims of your heroin usage somewhere down the line and want it to stop even more than the users allegedly do.
Av February 11, 2014 at 11:33 AM
I'm thinking about setting up a milk jug donation site, just not sure of a good location
DAS February 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM
WMS- Nobody is looking for your sympathy, and if you don't like the reporting on this site, then don't read it. Your comments are nothing short of juvenile and certainly uncalled for. I'd like to see how you will react if one of your loved ones (if you even have any that would talk to you) were to have an addiction problem. Biggest asshole out there. Would love if you had enough balls to post your name.
Brian February 11, 2014 at 01:43 PM
I'm not worried about my kids brought on board by drug users. Granted my kids are very very young, but if I do half as good of a job with my kids, as my parents did bringing me up, it won't even be a question in their mind, should I or shouldn't I. I don't care if something gives the town a bad name. I can read. If a drug overdose happens in Short Hills but the person was from Newark, is Short Hills getting a bad name? Same goes here. The issue here is that kids from Brick are getting mixed up in this crap, too. So that is what lies ahead. And WMS, believe me, I have zero sympathy for the person that kills themselves with drugs. I've had a friend that was found dead with a needle in his arm and I shrugged it off because it was expected and he did it to himself. I've seen drug overdoses at work and I don't feel bad for them, but you break down inside for their poor family. That's who I have sympathy for. 2 poor kids growing up without a father and a mother having to do it by herself now. Nevermind this guy's own father and extended family
WMS826 February 11, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Brian, you said you hope I overdose...please do not portray yourself as anything other than what you have revealed yourself to be. Why should I have to move as you also stated so I can be free of your bad habits and seedy friends. How about you and all of your associates learn to deal with life and it's everyday stress's like the rest of do without drugs. It is you and your poor choices in friends who are the minority here, yet you have the Gaul to tell me to leave and then still demand sympathy for your addiction and even deaths of people you were so fond of. All the while the rest of us wish to live in peace without you bringing drugs to our areas, giving tax free money to drug dealers, and placing us all in fear of losing our children and property. How you and your friends leave the area or earth is of no consequence to me as long as you do leave.
Brian February 11, 2014 at 03:27 PM
WMS, I did not say I hope you overdose. I was speaking in generalities and it obviously wasn't serious statement. It was tongue and cheek. What bad habits of mine are you speaking of? I never did a drug in my life, including pot. My poor choice in a friend you are referring to, I grew up playing baseball with through high school who went his separate ways. I went off to college he went down a different dark path and died a good 4 years after the last time I seen him. Get off of your high horse.
DAS February 11, 2014 at 03:31 PM
Well put Brian, if WMS had a heart or a brain for that matter, he might feel sympathy for the family members and poor children left behind, and wouldn't teach his own family members to think they are better than everyone else, by posting such asinine comments. He only posts on here so he can get a reaction and run home do see it and post another douche comment, kids are sure to grow up well following that role model!!
Brian February 11, 2014 at 03:37 PM
DAS, if I'm not mistaken, he's an older gentleman who is probably retired and home already. I don't disagree with all of his comments on other posts. Even this one I don't disagree with every part of his view points but it drives me crazy when people try to make Brick sound like it is too good for any negativity. I live here now too, and yes I like the town very much. But, I'm not getting up on some pedestal and thinking this place is too good for a junkie to die in. Oh God forbid Brick is attached to a negative story. A woman was mugged in Target a few months ago at 11pm at night. Multiple homes have been broken into down here over the last few months. A few people have been stabbed in this town over the last few months. It is a very big town, there will be issues. It isn't taking away from the very good parts. It is a small thing going on here. Deal with it people. This isn't Greenwich, CT of Beverly Hills...
DAS February 11, 2014 at 03:52 PM
It's been going on for a long time, but word gets around much quicker with sites such as this and all of the social media, I've been here for 51 yrs and never seen so many issue with Opiates reported. Point, Point Beach, Brick, none of us are immune, we are fortunate to live in a fairly safe area, could be a lot worse!
Brian February 11, 2014 at 04:19 PM
DAS, I've lived here a short time. I've had some family here for 20 some odd years so I've been down here quite a bit b4 I got married and moved here. But drugs are a problem everywhere. It isn't just here. And exactly my point, things can be a lot worse. This place isn't bordering Irvington, Newark, Camden, Paterson or any other towns like that. This is a safe town but it is isn't perfect. And some people tend to get very offended by any negativity said about Brick Twp. No one is bashing it and saying it sucks. But, as you said, it is not immune.
WMS826 February 11, 2014 at 04:50 PM
It is in black and white what you wrote Brian. And the spirit it was written in was one of hate and retribution because I said something about a drug addict friend of yours that bothered you. You seem to know a few people with this addiction issue...as you have written above yourself. Sleep with dogs and get fleas is all I can say to that, maybe you already have them. Either way heroin is bad all over. I do take issue with this patch report naming our town as so bad which has now been picked up by nationwide news feeds. So as a homeowner and one who will try to sell and leave here in the spring I am concerned that your great friendship with this man and his death will bring even more light on a town that does not deserve this. Does anyone recall the autism scare they reported about Brick in the late 90s as being ground zero for having a special needs child born to you. Now all I hear is radio public service messages stating the chance for having a child is one in sixty nationwide. The press is irresponsible many many ways. That is how we got this failure of a president to begin with.
Brian February 11, 2014 at 04:59 PM
I have no idea who this guy was that died in this story. My issue with your post was about it being a disparaging mark to your precious Brick Town. Why oh why are you looking to leave your beloved town of Brick? Retirement home in Florida I presume? And now, yes, when you do move I hope you do overdose on your cholesterol and blood pressure medicine and become a statistic in your new place of residence. Hell why wait do it this week. Poetic justice, tarnish your precious Brick. Get your nose out of the sky, Brick isn't too good for crime or drugs. If you don't do them great. Worry about yourself and your family. I never did a drug and couldn't give a damn who else does them so long as it wasn't my family.
WMS826 February 11, 2014 at 05:09 PM
I'm moving to give my kids a chance away from crappy parents and trash like you who hate because you are struggling. You don't care who is doing drugs...then you are part of the problem. I care who is doing drugs and would report it so I could stop it and make things better where I live and raise my children. You need treatment Brian! denial is all part of it. I wish you the best in your battle and hope you do not die as you wish I do.
Brian February 11, 2014 at 05:27 PM
You sir, are a d**khead, bottom line. I worry about myself and those around me. I'm far from struggling. If there were drug activity around me that I knew about, I would alert the proper authorities. I don't promote or like it. They could lock them all up and throw away the key for all I care. I don't want it going on around me or my kids. And you can go f*ck yourself and the high horse you are riding out of town.
DAS February 11, 2014 at 05:46 PM
WMS, unless you move your kids away from you, you will NOT be moving them away from crappy parents, you are a poor example to your kids, and you should pray they do end up like you, which you will probably blame on the President. Sell your house and leave you piece of shit!
Av February 11, 2014 at 08:26 PM
Yo wear be the milk jugs at? Butt crack kills
WMS826 February 11, 2014 at 08:48 PM
Brian, your write one thing and then contradict yourself in the next post. I hope this Bi-polar condition is not reflective of any drug use. You people put us all in danger with your selfish drug use and the expect us to throw ourselves on your coffins and scream WHY. Who cared for this mans children during the drug usage.
Av February 11, 2014 at 09:13 PM
Wms is crackhead b**thole. Hail the almighty preacher duddly do right
PointGirl1 February 12, 2014 at 06:19 AM
WMS are you kidding me? What business is that Is that of yours ? The children have a mother. They live with their mother. So you need to shut your mouth. All precautions were always taken in regard to his children. So find someone else to bully.
Brian February 12, 2014 at 06:28 AM
WMS this is the computer so I'm not gonna be some internet tough guy, but if you are ever out at a bar or just out, you should watch what you say. You can't carry your guns out with you since you're here in NJ, so you'd get your a$$ kicked on a regular basis old man. But then again, I'm sure you are only antagonistic behind the disguise of a computer screen and extremely quiet and have very few controverisal opinions around real people, especially men.
PointGirl1 February 12, 2014 at 06:40 AM
Oh and WMS he died in brick because he does at the hospital you ignorant piece of garbage. There is no hospital in point pleasant in case you forgot. That is the way the patch decided to post his death. Again the issues begin with irresponsible reporting. Please check your facts before you crap about an overdose in brick. That's not how it happened. Now shut up.
PointGirl1 February 12, 2014 at 06:43 AM
Baalim Slade Katz, an Army Reserve vet who was a watch manager at Gold Fever, passed away suddenly on Monday at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Here is the quote from the article above. Did you read that by any chance WMS?
A M February 12, 2014 at 07:08 AM
WMS obviously can't read or comprehend what people write and has a superiority problem. Brian never indicated that you should "overdose" nor ever indicated that he did drugs. He basically said he felt for the family, he has no sympathy for users, he has enough confidence that he is raising his children well enough so that he is not worried about them getting into drugs, and is just indicating that Brick, like any other town has its problems and is not perfect. Plain and simple. Aside from all of that I feel for the family and pray they get through this especially his children. Losing a parent is not easy and they will need all the love and support they can get.
DAS February 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM
WMS, I think folks on here actually try to see things from your point of view, we are just having a problem getting our heads that far up our ass!! Take it out and read the comments before you make an even bigger ass out of yourself if that is possible.
janine minnow February 22, 2014 at 07:17 AM
Over & over & over again I keep reading posts from you "holier than thou" IDIOTS"! I need to address a few points here. To forRealNJ, re: your idiotic comment "But a heroin attack is not a " sudden death"" well, 1st of all, I don't know about you, but I've never heard that term before, "heroin attack", but, if you had even bothered to actually READ the story, you would have noticed that it did NOT say he died of a "heroin attack", HOWEVER, if someone dies suddenly, then it absolutely called a sudden death. To so many of the rest of you judgmental fools, too many of which to name, does it really matter how this poor man died? How about the fact that he did indeed die & he did indeed leave behind a wife and children? Have some respect for his FAMILY you bunch of trolls! Have you nothing better to do than pass comments on other's awful misfortunes? Have you ever heard this: Judge not lest you be judged Or how about this one? There but for the grace of God go I? Now get a life you sorry bunch, my condolences to his family & may he RIP....

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