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Bernard Madoff son’s death in NYC apartment ruled suicide

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NEW YORK — The hanging death of jailed financier Bernard Madoff's eldest son in New York City has formally been ruled a suicide.

The cause of death for Mark Madoff was released Sunday by the city's medical examiner's office.

The body of Mark Madoff was found Saturday morning hanging in his loft apartment while his 2-year-old son slept nearby. It was the second anniversary of the day his father was arrested in the worst investment fraud in American history.

Mark Madoff had been targeted by authorities as someone who failed to blow the whistle on his father's fraud, but he had maintained that he alerted authorities when his father confessed.

Bernie Madoff is serving a 150-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to fraud charges.