Madoff Accountant's Son In Suicide

Nov 19 2012 | 10:21am ET

The son of Bernard Madoff's accountant has committed suicide three years after his father pleaded guilty for his role in the $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

Jeremy Friehling was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Columbus, Ohio, apartment. There is no indication that his suicide is connected with the Madoff case; friends told police that Friehling's recently-created Facebook account included a number of posts indicating that Friehling was depressed or suicidal.

The Franklin County coroner's office said that Friehling's suicide note expressed his sorrow but did not mention the Madoff case.

Friehling's father, David, was among the first people charged in and to plead guilty to the Madoff fraud. He admitted that he helped conceal Madoff's scam from authorities, and cooperated with the investigation. He is still awaiting sentencing.

Jeremy Friehling's body was found on Thursday evening. Police visited his home after friends reported concern for the 23-year-old, based on his Facebook posts.

The New City, N.Y., native was a second-year medical student at The Ohio State University. He graduated from Duke University last year.

Friehling is the second son of a Madoff-linked conspirator to end his own life. Madoff's own son, Mark, a former executive at his scandal-tarred firm, kill himself in 2010, on the second anniversary of his father's arrest.

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