Mark Madoff, the son of convicted Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff, apparently killed himself while his wife was out of town and his 2-year-old son was asleep in a nearby bedroom, New York police officials said Saturday.
Deputy New York Police Commissioner Paul Browne said Madoff's father-in-law discovered the body around 7:30 a.m. Saturday and his grandson sleeping in another room. Madoff was fully clothed and hanging from a ceiling pipe with a dog leash around his neck. The boy was unharmed.
Prior to his death, Madoff e-mailed his wife in Florida with "words to the effect that someone should check on his son," Browne said.
It is not known whether Madoff left a suicide note, he said.