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.

John November 16, 2012 at 06:32 PM
why do the children have to pay for the sins of the father?
Vince Gram November 16, 2012 at 07:35 PM
This is a sad day when a child dies I hope Jeremy Rests in Peace
Thomas Adams November 16, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Josh was a gifted student, a loving son and supportive brother. He accomplished more in his 23 years than most people do in a lifetime. He had the enduring love and support of his exceptional parents and siblings. Please allow this family to grieve privately and be respectful of the fact they are enduring life's greatest heartache. It saddens me deeply to see the headline used by the Patch. Why does this article focus on the father and his former work when the issue here is the loss of one of our community's shining stars? Jeremy was the valedictorian of his North High School class, near the top of his class at Duke and a brillant medical school student at Ohio State. He loved his family deeply and was equally well loved by them. His loss will be felt by many but none more deeply than his parents and siblings. Please let this family rest in peace.
Gregg November 17, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Maybe another victim of Madoff? Could have been something else.
Maria Antonina November 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM
The Patch was inapropriate and insensitive. Jeremy was a wonderful individual, regrdless of what his parents were.
karen kasman November 17, 2012 at 01:22 AM
I didn't say it as eloquently as you Thomas and Demerast wouldn't print my comments about the headline and article. Let this family grieve in peace.
Rose J Bro November 17, 2012 at 03:27 AM
No parent should every lose a child especially to suicide, please be respectful. He was a young man regardless of what his father did. He was a human being. Rest in peace Jeremy.
janeyre November 17, 2012 at 03:42 AM
This is rather sad. I don't think the media will respect the family however. Such a sad conclusion.
slc November 17, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Amen, to this regretaful loss to his family and friends.. may you rest in peace Josh, and remember we are never responsible for the sins of our fathers... been there done that,,, :(
Helen McCarthy November 17, 2012 at 04:25 AM
May you be at peace now for whatever reason you have left this world so terribly young. You have a lovely family and my heart & prayers go out to them. How anyone can cast Such inconsiderate hateful & nasty comments.at a time like this Is beyond me, they must be perfect people I guess with no flaws. How quick people judge others .....
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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