Napoli Today: Kenneth Kocan, co-owner of Kocanut Joe's Frozen Yogurt, falls to death in Italy

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. -- The co-owner of a popular dessert shop in Northern Kentucky fell to his death Sunday while vacationing in southern Italy, according to an Italian newspaper, Napoli Today.

Kenneth Kocan, the 37-year-old co-owner of Kocanut Joe's Frozen Yogurt in Fort Mitchell, reportedly fell from a staircase at the Belair hotel in Sorrento, Italy, where he was staying with friends. Police say the Villa Hills man was sitting on the staircase railing, perhaps to try to slip down it, but lost his balance and fell from a height of 4 meters (a little more than 13 feet).

Police believe Kocan was intoxicated when he fell, the article says. Officials in Sorrento will conduct an autopsy in the next few days.

Kocan and his partner, Joe Zembrodt, started Kocanut Joe's in 2012. Zembrodt, contacted by phone, declined to comment.

"He was a great, hardworking guy with a quick smile, always made us feel welcome, and our grandkids loved to see him," said Bruce Cayes of Fort Mitchell.

A Kocanut Joe's employee, Parker Littrell, said Kocan was "a good man, a good manager. Everybody liked him here."

Kocan and Zembrodt worked as realtors for Huff Realty in Florence and joined forces in 2010 as ZK RealEstate. A Northern Kentucky native, Kocan obtained his Real Estate License from Gold Coast Real Estate school in South Florida in 2000, returned to Northern Kentucky in 2009, and passed the bar exam, the ZK website says.

Susan Huff, manager of the Huff Realty Florence office, declined to comment.

Kocan also leaves two brothers, Klaude, of Fort Mitchell, a chiropractor; and Kris, who lives in Florida.

Services have not been announced.


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