American billionaire financier Thomas H. Lee, thought-about a pioneer of personal fairness funding and leveraged buyouts, died on the age of 78, his household mentioned in an announcement on Thursday, with out noting the reason for his demise.

The New York Submit, citing unidentified police sources, reported Lee was found lifeless on Thursday morning at his Fifth Avenue Manhattan workplace, headquarters of his funding agency, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In line with the Submit, he was discovered after police responded to an emergency-911 name round 11:10 a.m. (1610 GMT).

Reuters couldn’t instantly affirm the reason for demise. The New York Police Division mentioned emergency medical service personnel responding to a 911 name on Fifth Avenue at about that point discovered a “male who was pronounced lifeless on the scene”.

Police gave no additional particulars, and mentioned the town health worker’s workplace would decide the trigger and method of demise.

The coroner’s workplace couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

(With inputs from businesses)

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