The 23-year-old son of Bernie Madoff's accountant was found dead on Thursday, and reports allege that he shot himself. Jeremy Friehling, son of Madoff accountant David Friehling, graduated from Duke University in 2011 and was attending Ohio State as a medical student.
Friends say they became concerned about Friehling when he started posting suicidal comments on Facebook. They went to his Columbus apartment to check on him, and, after forcing their way in, discovered him dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Friehling's father pleaded guilty in 2009 to securities fraud charges, though he claimed he did not know about Madoff's Ponzi scheme, which scammed investors out of a total of $65 billion. Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison that same year; his son, Mark Madoff, was found dead by apparent suicide in 2010.