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Rockefeller president dies in apparent suicide

According to media reports in the US, James S McDonald, president and chief executive of multi family office and investment management firm Rockefeller & Co, has died after a suicide attempt.

The Associated Press is reporting that the 56-year-old died of "an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound." He was found in his vehicle on Sunday behind a car dealership in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Quoting  "several people who knew him professionally", the Reuters news agency is reporting that no one had any knowledge of specific problems at Rockefeller & Co that might have prompted the death.

Rockefeller & Co. evolved from a New York family office established by John D Rockefeller to manage his family's assets into an integrated investment and wealth management firm with a diverse client base.

If suicide is confirmed, it will be the first high profile suicide of an advisor to the ultra high net community. In January this year, German Adolf Merckle committed suicide after his family empire began to crumble (click here to read our coverage).

In June, Huibert Boumeester, a member of the Fentener van Vilssingen family, owners of the largest family-owned company in the Netherlands, committed suicide near London (click here to read our coverage).

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