Extra particulars emerge in billionaire Thomas Lee’s suicide

Extra particulars emerge in billionaire Thomas Lee’s suicide

Within the wake of billionaire financier Thomas Lee being discovered useless Thursday, extra info has been reported.

The New York Put up reported Friday the one who discovered Lee useless in his New York Metropolis workplace was his feminine assistant. Folks hadn’t heard from him, prompting her search, based on the outlet, which cited nameless regulation enforcement sources.

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The billionaire had a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was found in his workplace’s toilet, based on the New York Put up. A Smith & Weston revolver belonging to Lee was additionally reportedly positioned close by.

Extra particulars emerge in billionaire Thomas Lee’s suicide

New York Metropolis financier Thomas Lee was discovered useless on Thursday. He was 78. (Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg through Getty Photos / Getty Photos)

His demise was reportedly declared on the scene. Lee was 78 years outdated.

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Citing NYPD sources, FOX Enterprise Community’s Charles Gasparino reported police are wanting into whether or not Lee’s suspected suicide was doubtlessly “associated to some business-related subject.” Sources mentioned no notice was left, Gasparino additionally reported.

“The household is extraordinarily saddened by Tom’s demise,” Michael Sitrick, a household buddy and spokesperson, mentioned Thursday in a information launch. “Whereas the world knew him as one of many pioneers within the non-public fairness enterprise and a profitable businessman, we knew him as a loyal husband, father, grandfather, sibling, buddy and philanthropist who at all times put others’ wants earlier than his personal. Our hearts are damaged.”

Lee was identified for leveraged buyout transactions, amongst different issues. He notably performed a $1.7 billion sale of beverage firm Snapple in 1994, two years after buying it. 

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Lee was “answerable for investing over $15 billion of capital in a whole lot of transactions” over greater than 4 many years, based on his biography on the web site of Lee Fairness Companions, a agency he shaped and for which he served as chairman.

Louis Casiano contributed to this report.