Mark Madoff, son of convicted fraudulent investor Bernard Madoff, killed himself Saturday in his New York City apartment, exactly two years after his father was arrested.
According to CNN, Mark Madoff had fallen out of touch with his family in recent years, largely believed to be a result of his father's misdeeds.
"Mark was an innocent victim of his father's monstrous crime who succumbed to two years of unrelenting pressure from false accusations and innuendo," said Martin Flumenbaum, Madoff's attorney.
In talking to close friends of Madoff, ABC News revealed that Madoff was afraid of being linked to his father as a permanent disgrace, and he thought his family would be better off without him.
Madoff's suicide is a sad indication of the collateral damage that can be caused by excessive news coverage.
Bernard Madoff's story was so widely covered in the media and around office water coolers that his son was unable to escape the negative shadow left over.
These are the risks of living in the 24-hour news cycle, a world where every news angle is covered, and the lingering effects can be dangerously unpredictable.