Yet another person with ties to former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has allegedly committed suicide.
This time it was billionaire financier Thomas H. Lee, who was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound early Thursday morning at his Manhattan office.
“Cops responded to a 911 call at 767 Fifth Avenue — where Thomas H. Lee Capital, LLC is located on the sixth floor — at around 11:10 a.m. … EMTs pronounced the 78-year-old businessman dead at the scene,” according to the New York Post.
“The family is extremely saddened by Tom’s death. While the world knew him as one of the pioneers in the private equity business and a successful businessman, we knew him as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, sibling, friend and philanthropist who always put others’ needs before his own,” a family friend and spokesperson said in a statement.
Lee’s colleagues also issued a statement:
Letter from Lee Equity Partners to its limited partners, on the death of firm founder Thomas H. Lee. pic.twitter.com/zEA6Eq7Dy7
— Dan Primack (@danprimack) February 24, 2023
According to the Daily Mail, Lee had been a “good friend” of the Clintons.
“Lee was a good friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton and in June 2008, following Hillary’s unsuccessful presidential run, the couple reportedly stayed at his East Hampton home,” the tabloid outlet reported.
This simple fact by itself has already spawned dozens of conspiracy theories about his untimely death.
— Super Duper Ultra MAGA realrebecca (@realrebecca6) February 24, 2023
Hillary did it!
— Mark Hodge (@Tennesseemark61) February 24, 2023
Man, Clinton friends are dropping like flies lately…what’s about to be revealed?
— Lpuzzle (@Lpuzzle6) February 24, 2023
Probably not a good idea to have any association with the Clinton’s if you want a long life… Just a thought…
— Raven Eagleye (@RavenEagleye) February 24, 2023
Could it be that big news is about to be released… obviously the shame of his involvement with the Clinton’s was too much
— Lefty Meltdown (@lefty_meltdown) February 24, 2023
What a shock!! What is that, the 55th or 60th person that was close to them to have committed suicide? Wow, just an absolute shock i tell you!!
— Aaron (@BlackBeltNinjah) February 24, 2023
Note what one Twitter user wrote: “Man, Clinton friends are dropping like flies lately.”
This is somewhat true. It’s true in the sense that this week the police in Arkansas finally released a report on the death last year of Mark Middleton, who used to be an aide to former President Clinton.
Middleton was found dead at a ranch in Arkansas in May of 2022 with a gunshot wound to his chest and an extension cord reportedly tying his neck to a tree.
The police ruled his death a suicide, but at least one friend thinks he was murdered.
“He was murdered! At this point, it’s not just a murder. It’s an Arkansas state coverup! There is no way he killed himself,” the associate told Radar Online this week.
The wild claim was based on all the discrepancies in the case.
‘He was murdered!’ Death of Clinton aide with ties to Epstein ruled suicide, but ex-associate is not buying it https://t.co/MkXdeA3X9n pic.twitter.com/AT16HLtKB2
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 23, 2023
For example, when Perry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Lawson searched an abandoned nearby black BMW SUV, he found three boxes of buckshot and a gun case but no weapon, which raises the question of what happened to the gun that Middleton had evidently used to shoot himself.
Here’s where things get even weirder: “Middleton’s former associate also questioned the box of shells in the trunk of the black BMW, insisting that Mark was ‘terrified’ of guns and didn’t own that type of vehicle,” according to Radar Online.
“The man could not have even identified a shotgun shell, let alone pick out a box or bought one. Mark Middleton was terrified of guns, had no idea how to handle one, wouldn’t have even touched one — it’s all bull—-,” the associate said.
“It’s to the point now where people are going to start talking because it has gotten so, so ridiculous. The man did not even own a black BMW. Every two years Mark would custom order a pearl white Range Rover and that the only vehicle he drove!” he added.
“These were $250,000 Range Rovers you couldn’t buy off the car lot. White is the only color he drove. He did not own a black BMW! Neither does his wife, neither do his children. No one owns a black BMW. The lies are just insane,” the associate concluded.
In Lee’s case, there aren’t quite as many discrepancies, but there are discrepancies nonetheless.
“A front desk worker at Lee’s office building was told there was an ’emergency’ on the sixth floor but was unaware of Lee’s death,” according to the Post.
“They don’t want anyone going to that space right now, not even the building staff,” the unnamed front desk worker said.
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