Volume 20, Number 51 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | December 15 - 21, 2010
Madoff’s son commits suicide
Mark Madoff, 46, the son of Bernie Madoff who is serving a life-long prison sentence for swindling billions of dollars from countless victims, hanged himself with a dog leash on Friday night, Dec. 10. Police found his body on Saturday morning in his apartment at 158 Mercer St. between W. Houston and Prince Sts. The victim’s two-year-old son was sleeping in a bedroom of the apartment and was not hurt. The victim’s dog, a Labradoodle named Grouper, whose leash the he used to hang himself, was also unharmed in the apartment.
No note was found on his body clad in khaki pants, a blue pullover shirt and white socks. But he had sent emails to his wife, Stephanie who was at Disney World in Orlando with her 4-year-old daughter and her mother, telling her he loved her and asking her to “send someone to take care of Nick.”
Mark and his brother Andrew were the first to tell officials about their father’s scheme and insisted they told officials about the situation as soon as they learned about it. Nevertheless, Mark and his family have remained under federal investigation for more than two years and have been the target of several lawsuits. Police were seeking a subpoena for the victim’s computer and cell phone, according to a New York Post story.