Son of Madoff Auditor Ends Life

Jeremy Friehling, the son of David Friehling, Bernard Madoff’s former auditor, has died of an apparent suicide, The Journal News reported. Friehling, 23, was found by police Nov. 15 in his Columbus, Ohio, apartment. He was attending medical school at Ohio State University.

“I can say he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but there was nothing to indicate any reasoning for that action,” Columbus Police Sgt. Christ Holzhauer said. “There is no indication at all that it had anything to do with his father’s situation.”

The elder Friehling was a partner in Friehling & Horowitz, the longtime auditing firm for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities. He pleaded guilty to securities fraud, investment adviser fraud and obstructing tax law administration in 2009, but cooperated with authorities and avoided a prison sentence. Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme resulted in a 150-year prison sentence for Madoff. Madoff’s son Mark also committed suicide, hanging himself in his New York City apartment at the age of 46 in December 2010.