Ruth Madoff, wife of Bernie Madoff, believes her son Mark “would not have died if it weren’t for what [Bernie] had done,” a friend of the embattled family told an author, according to the NY Post.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Bernie’s oldest son, 46-year-old Mark Madoff, hanged himself Saturday with a dog leash in his New York City loft as his 2-year-old son slept in the next room. His suicide came on the second anniversary of his father’s arrest in connection with a massive, billion-dollar Ponzi scheme.
Writer Jerry Oppenheimer, who penned the book Madoff With the Money, spoke with friends of the Madoffs, and said that Ruth remains “totally disgusted with [Bernie] and blames him for her son’s death.
“She thinks this is the end of the family,” Oppenheimer told the paper, adding “family members don’t think [Bernie’s] going to survive this.
“It has made him realize what this whole thing has all been about,” Oppenheimer said. “It’s a Greek tragedy.”
It’s still not known whether Bernie, who’s serving his 150-year sentence in a North Carolina prison, will be allowed to witness his son’s funeral.