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CEO Dead in Apparent Suicide

James McDonald, the 56-year-old head of New York–based investment-advisory firm Rockefeller & Co, a board member of NYSE Euronext, and until recently, of the beleaguered CIT group, died of a single gunshot wound this past Sunday. Authorities discovered his body near a strip mall in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. So far, it's unclear whether McDonald was a casualty of the recession or had other reasons to kill himself — although Reuters notes he was "a perfectionist who drove himself and his employees hard." Police are investigating. [Reuters]

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