French manager, possible Madoff victim, dead in NY

Tuesday December 23, 1:20 pm ET

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A French executive whose fund is reported to have lost large sums it invested with Wall Street adviser Bernard Madoff was found dead in New York City, police said on Tuesday.Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet, 65, was pronounced dead at 8 a.m. at a Madison Avenue building in midtown Manhattan, New York City Medical Examiner spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said. He was co-founder of money manager Access International. She said the cause of death was not yet known.

New York City police said they were called to the building at 7.30 a.m.

Villehuchet had been trying to recover some of the funds lost to Madoff, whom U.S. prosecutors accuse of orchestrating a $50 billion fraud, Paris newspaper La Tribune reported on its website.

Access did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Daniel Trotta in New York and Estelle Shirbon in Paris, Editing by Leslie Gevirtz)

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