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Billionaire Thomas Lee has died, with one report claiming the 78-year-old financier died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
The report in the New York Post said Lee was found shot in his sixth-floor office at 767 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday.
The Post reported that access to the office was kept to a minimum.
“They don’t want anyone going to that space right now, not even the building staff,” a worker at the building said.
New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will release an official cause of death.
Lee was among the first to profit from what are known as leveraged buyouts, in which a company is purchased and then sold for a profit.
Lee founded Thomas H Lee Partners in 1974, now known as THL, left it in 2005 and went on to found Lee Equity Partners in 2006. He worked as chairman there until his death.
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