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NBC 10 I-Team: Former RI chiropractor murdered

A law enforcement source confirmed to NBC 10 I-Team reporter Parker Gavigan that East Providence Police detectives are investigating the murder of Clive Bridgham, a former chiropractor. (WJAR)

A law enforcement source confirmed to NBC 10 I-Team reporter Parker Gavigan that East Providence Police detectives are investigating the murder of a former Rhode Island chiropractor.

Clive Bridgham’s body was discovered on the floor of his home on Pleasant Street Thursday night around 8:30 p.m.

Police told NBC 10 News that his homicide was not a random crime.

"He was definitely targeted," Chief Christopher Parella of the East Providence Police Department said. "We don’t feel that there's any increased threat to any of the neighbors or anyone else in the city. We believe strictly this was a targeted attack."

Authorities did not reveal what led them to that conclusion or whether it had anything to do with his work.

Bridgham was 67-years-old and served as a chiropractic sports medicine specialist and director of the Barrington Chiropractic and Sports Medicine Clinic in Barrington. He earned his license in 1987 and practiced for 30 years.

Through state health department records, the NBC 10 I-Team learned that Bridgham surrendered his license to practice just a couple months ago after a 19-year-old male patient claimed Bridgham "violated professional boundaries," which Bridgham admitted to.

Bridgham also had his license put on probation for three years, starting in 2003, after he was accused of having sexual contact with a patient.

Sports Team 10 profiled Bridgham in July 2016 before he left to work at the Rio Summer Olympics as a physician.

The year before, he was named "Chiropractic Physician of the Year" by The Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island, which noted his work with surfers and skiers, as well as at a rugby tournament.

Neighbors told NBC 10 he kept to himself.

A murder investigation is underway, but police said there are currently no suspects.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to contact them.



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