WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A man accused of making more than $7 billion off the investment schemes of jailed financial manager Bernard Madoff drowned after having a heart attack, authorities said Monday.
Jeffry Picower, 67, was found at about noon Sunday by his wife, Barbara, at the bottom of a pool at their oceanside mansion. She pulled him from the water with help from a housekeeper. He died a short time later at a nearby hospital.
An autopsy conducted Monday found he suffered a heart attack and drowned, said Dr. Michael Bell, chief medical examiner for Palm Beach County. The death has been ruled accidental, and the heart attack was brought on by heart disease. Toxicology tests are pending.
"Obviously, we won't have results for a couple of weeks but we don't anticipate them showing anything," Bell said. "If they do and it shows something unusual, we will amend the death certificate to reflect that."
Police had been investigating the death, pending the autopsy results. They now say the case is closed.
BOSTON — Rush Limbaugh's bid to buy the St. Louis Rams ran into opposition within the NFL on Tuesday, when Colts owner Jim Irsay vowed to vote against him and commissioner Roger Goodell said the conservative commentator's "divisive" comments would not be tolerated from any NFL insider.
"I, myself, couldn't even consider voting for him," Irsay said at an owners meetings. "When there are comments that have been made that are inappropriate, incendiary and insensitive ... our words do damage, and it's something that we don't need."
Limbaugh has long been a hero of conservatives and villain to the left, thriving on his place in the political spectrum while establishing himself as one of the most successful broadcasters in history. But the NFL tries to avoid controversy, as Limbaugh learned in 2003 when he was forced to resign from ESPN's Sunday night football broadcast after saying of Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb: "I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well."
Goodell repeatedly distanced the league from Limbaugh's statements on Tuesday, calling them "polarizing comments that we don't think reflect accurately on the NFL or our players."
"I have said many times before that we are all held to a higher standard here," the commissioner said. "I think divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about. I would not want to see those kind of comments from people who are in a responsible position within the NFL. No. Absolutely not."
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Three people have been sentenced to life in prison for the gang rape attack on a West Palm Beach woman and the beating of her young son.
Jakaris Taylor, 17, Tommy Poindexter, 20, and Nathan Walker, 18, were all sentenced Tuesday. They were convicted at separate trials in August and September.
All were teens at the time of the 2007 attack, but were charged as adults. A fourth suspect who pleaded guilty is set for sentencing in December.
Authorities say the defendants barged into the then-35-year-old woman's West Palm Beach apartment and raped her repeatedly with up to six other teens, then forced the woman to perform oral sex on her son, who was 12 at the time.
Police say fingerprints and DNA identified the defendants. Authorities are still seeking additional suspects.
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