Jeremy Friehling, 23, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head
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.
Jeremy Friehling the 23 year old son of David Friehling, the accountant who helped Bernie Madoff conceal a pyramid scheme to the tune of $65 billion killed himself last night. Attending medical school at Columbus, Ohio his body was found after concerned friends alerted authorities and found him deceased with a self inflicted gunshot at his apartment.
According to the UK’s dailymail, Jeremy Friehling had posted a variety of erratic comments on his Facebook page yesterday prompting concerned friends to reach out to authorities to check on the young man’s welfare.
The suicide follows that of Mark Madoff, eldest son of Bernie Madoff who took his own life in 2010, who along with his brother Andrew Madoff ran a separate division at Madoff Securities where both brothers insisted they were totally oblivious to their father’s corrupt schemes under the Madoff umbrella.
At the time Mark Madoff took his own life on the second anniversary of his father’s arrest at his Manhattan apartment where authorities found him hanging by a dog leash with his youngest son in the other room. At present bilked victims have sued to get a portion of their money returned to them after suing trustees with a sum close to $1.49 billion to $2.43 billion ordered to be released this past July.
Ultimately one can only guess at the real reasons as to why Jeremy Friehling chose to take his life. Was it the guilt of his father’s actions, the sense of a false life lived and not earned with integrity? Was it a sense that he too could only find honor by choosing to make an example of himself, to become a martyr to a damned cause? Or was it simply the fact that the young man lost his nerve and could no longer look those with whom he coveted in the eye….?
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