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No Funeral for Mark Madoff

Dec 15, 2010 – 7:10 AM
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Lisa Flam

Lisa Flam Contributor

(Dec. 15) -- The Madoff family won't be holding a funeral service for Mark Madoff, who committed suicide, choosing instead to have his body cremated.

Relatives will mourn in private.

"The family wants to avoid a media circus," an unidentified person told the New York Daily News.

The body was picked up from the New York City morgue on Tuesday and was set to be cremated later that day, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported.

The Madoff family has decided that there will be no funeral for Mark Madoff.
Mark Madoff, one of Bernard Madoff's sons, was found dead Saturday, on the second anniversary of his father's arrest.
Mark Madoff, 46, the older son of multibillion-dollar Ponzi scammer Bernard Madoff, hanged himself on Saturday with a dog leash in his Manhattan apartment while his 2-year-old son was asleep nearby. Saturday was the second anniversary of Bernard Madoff's arrest.

Mark Madoff was said to be depressed about an ongoing criminal investigation to determine if other Madoff family members knew about the scam, and by lawsuits being filed by a court-appointed trustee trying to recover money for victimized investors.

Madoff and his brother, Andrew, worked at their father's firm, alerting authorities to the scam in 2008 and denying any knowledge of the crimes.

"Mark was an innocent victim of his father's monstrous crime who succumbed to two years of unrelenting pressure from false accusations and innuendo," Martin Flumenbaum, Madoff's lawyer, said in a statement.

Bernard Madoff, serving a 150-year prison sentence for the largest U.S. investment fraud in history, said earlier through his lawyer he would not seek permission to leave prison in North Carolina to attend a service. He said he, too, would mourn alone.

His wife, Ruth Madoff, reportedly told acquaintances this week she was furious with her husband, blaming him for Mark's death.
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