Thierry de la Villehuchet, Key Link to Madoff's European Investors, Commits Suicide

Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet was found sitting at his desk at about 8 a.m. with both wrists slashed, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said.

A box cutter was found on the floor along with a bottle of sleeping pills on his desk. No suicide note was found...

On Monday night, he told cleaning crews in his building that he wanted them out of his office by 7 p.m. because he was going to be working late.

Workers returned Tuesday morning and found the door locked. He was later discovered dead at his desk, with a garbage can placed near his body to apparently catch the blood, Browne said.

I was crushed, really crushed. Thierry was not only a French nobleman, he was a noble man. And the reason I was touched was that he really believed what he was doing. He thought he had engineered -- and I read this after the fact -- ... that Thierry has figured out through his machinations of due diligence that Bernie Madoff had always predicted each turn in the market by at least two or three hours. ...

Thierry was a sailor, and he was a hunter, ... and he could've taken himself out any way he wanted to if he wanted to just remove himself from the pressure. The man chose the method he did, in my mind only, as a act of atonement.