College Student from New City, Son of Madoff Accountant, Dies in Apparent Suicide

Jeremy Friehling, 23, found dead from gunshot wound in Columbus, OH.

A college student from New City, the son of the New City man who was the longtime accountant for Bernard Madoff, has died of an apparent suicide in Columbus, OH, according to police.

Clarkstown police said they were notified Thursday night of the death of Jeremy Friehling, 23, who was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Friehling was the son of David G. Friehling of New City, a former accountant who worked for Bernard Madoff. Friehling pleaded guilty in Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, a fraud that ran for years and had thousands of victims who lost billions of dollars — including many victims in Rockland County.

Friehling, charged in 2009, admitted in federal court that he produced the audits that allowed Madoff to hide his Ponzi scheme from the government for years.

In 2010, Mark Madoff, the son of jailed Bernard Madoff, commited suicide. He was found hanging in a Manhattan apartment.

Leslie Majansky November 17, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I agree Thomas.
Anonymous November 17, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Why is this the headline of they story? Why focus on his parent when he was his own person? Why wasn't the fact that he was valedictorian of north high school mentioned.
Rob November 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Very Sad....The article is very vague....It is very significant who his Dad is.....Just like Madoff's son killed himself from the pressure, I'm sure this kid felt the same way....The accountant should have thought about his family first before he helped rip off hundred's of people from their life savings. His Dad now has to spend the rest of his life knowing his son probably died from his actions. I'm so sorry for this Kid..I'm sure that there is so much more to this story. Money must seem so insignificant now to his Dad. He knew exactly what he was doing when he partnered up with Bernie Madoff. So many people destroyed from the selfish actions of a few.
Sara November 18, 2012 at 02:00 AM
This is a very sad moment for the family and perhaps no one will know what was going through his mind, that is no for use to judge or wonder but, lets put this family in prayers and the mercy of God All Mighty pour love and comfort to all.
Rhea Vogel November 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Shame on anyone who should comment negatively about this terrible tragedy. A bright point of light has gone out in this world. The enduring pain and sorrow of a lifetime for his parents and siblings mourning a life never fully lived is something that is best left out of the headlines of this or any other news media. Jeremy will be missed by all those who knew him and remembered for the fine young man he was. I remember him on graduation day at North. Confident and excited about going off to college. May his memory be a blessing. And for this family that has endured so much, leave them alone if you cannot be kind and say nothing if you cannot be caring.


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