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Published: Dec 23, 2008
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Photos: Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet Takes Own Life
by Jim Brogan

Presumed Villehuchet Photo
Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet found dead - Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet ran a fund that invested with Bernard Madoff and was found dead at his 22nd floor Madison Avenue office today, according to Bloomberg news.

De la Villehuchet lost about 1.4 billion dollars for his investors.

Paramedics responded to a call at a Manhattan address matching that of Access International, people briefed on the situation told DealBook.

Agence France Presse reports that De la Villehuchet "could not cope with the pressure from the outbreak of the story" and took his own life this a.m. in his office in New York.

"This is a farewell from someone who has done nothing wrong"

Villehuchet's wrists were slit with a box cutter, and he also took sleeping pills. No suicide note was found.

A friend told AFP Villehuchet was "devastated" and feared his clients would turn against him in the courts.

De la Villehuchet, 65, was a founding partner and chief executive officer of Access International Advisors, according to a marketing document. He apprently tried day and night to find a way to recoup money that Access International raised in Europe and invested through Mr. Madoff’s business, La Tribune reported.

Madoff was arrested on Dec. 11 for allegedly running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. Larger photos of the scene here. Photos of Maddoff here.  Larger photo of one presumed to be Villehuchet here.

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