Mark Madoff Death Ruled A Suicide

"(CNN)
The death of Mark Madoff, the son of convicted Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff, was ruled a suicide by the New York City medical examiner's officer on Sunday, a day after the victim's body was discovered hanging from a ceiling pipe in his SoHo apartment.

Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner, said the autopsy was completed around 1 p.m. Sunday. Borakove said medical examiners will conduct toxicology and tissue tests on the body. The result, she said, will not be made public unless Madoff's next of kin asks for the case file.

Madoff killed himself two year to the day after his father was arrested for swindling $50 billion from investors in the largest Ponzi-scheme in U.S. history. None of Madoff's immediate family members have commented on his death. However, the attorney who represents the victim's mother, Ruth, said she ""is heartbroken.""

The attorney, Peter Chavkin, responded by e-mail and said Ruth Madoff would not provide additional information.

Mark Madoff killed himself while his wife was out of town and his 2-year-old son was asleep in a nearby bedroom, early Saturday morning, authorities said. Madoff's body, fully clothed and hanging from a living room pipe, was discovered by his father-in-law around 7:30 a.m. Madoff's 2-year-old son was sleeping in nearby bedroom at the time.Mark Madoff's attorney, Martin Flumenbaum, on Saturday called his client's death. ""a terrible and unnecessary tragedy.""

""Mark was an innocent victim of his father's monstrous crime who succumbed to two years of unrelenting pressure from false accusations and innuendo,"" Flumenbaum said. ""We are all deeply saddened by this shocking turn of events."""