By LISA CORNWELL - The Associated Press

Son of Madoff’s longtime accountant kills himself

The son of Bernard Madoff’s longtime accountant, who himself pleaded guilty to securities fraud in the scandal centered on the disgraced financier, has committed suicide in central Ohio, authorities said.

Jeremy Friehling, 23, was found dead at his apartment of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday in Columbus, where he was a second-year student at Ohio State’s medical school, police there said.

There was no indication that the Madoff investment scandal had anything to do with the suicide, Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak said. She said Friehling left a note that just said that he was sorry.

Police Detective Jay Fulton confirmed Sunday that Friehling left a note but would not give details about its contents.

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