TICKER: The Bernie Madoff Curse? The son of his accountant, 23, commits suicide


THE JOURNAL NEWS/LOHUD.COM

The son of Bernie Madoff’s accountant fatally shot himself Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Jeremy Friehling was found dead in his apartment in Columbus, Ohio, The Journal News reported.

Police were called to the 23-year-old college student’s apartment after his friends became concerned.

“Jeremy Friehling had apparently made erratic comments on Facebook throughout the day, prompting concerned friends to request Columbus PD conduct a welfare check,” according to a police memo cited by the paper.

Friehling, a graduate of Duke University, was attending medical school at Ohio State University. He was valedictorian of his 2007 graduating class in Clarkstown, according to the paper.

Friehling, who is from New City, is the son of David Friehling.

The elder Friehling admitted in 2009 to rubber stamping fraudulent audits that facilitated Madoff’s decades-long Ponzi scheme.

Since being charged with fraud, David has cooperated with authorities. He also forfeited $3 million he earned by working as Madoff’s accountant.

David has maintained he was unaware of Madoff’s $65 billion deception.

Police in Columbus, Ohio and Clarkstown were unavailable to confirm the suicide.

In 2010 Mark Madoff, Bernie’s eldest son, hanged himself with a dog leash in his SoHo apartment.

(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated)
NY Daily News

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