I just read about the suicide of the acting chief finanicial officer of Freddie Mac. Suicide is something I can understand in one sense, but I don't think I could actually do. I feel empathy for the family of the man who died. I also remember reading about many other suicides from the average joe's in the US who turned on the carbon monoxide in their garage because their home was being foreclosed on. I think at the end of the day when you are alone with the mirror it doesn't matter what zipcode you live in.
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The scene this morning outside David Kellermann's house. (Gerald Martineau - The Washington Post )
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By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Jonathan Mummolo
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, April 22, 2009; 2:51 PM
The acting chief financial officer of troubled mortgage giant Freddie Mac was found dead in his Fairfax County home early this morning after apparently committing suicide, Fairfax police said.
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David Kellermann, 41, was a longtime Freddie Mac executive who joined the firm as an analyst in 1992. He lived with his wife and young daughter in a stately red brick home in the upscale Hunter Mill Estates subdivision in the Vienna section of Fairfax.
Officers were called to the home by someone inside the house at 4:48 a.m., police spokesman Eddy Azcarate said. Kellermann's body was found in the basement.
Police sources told The Washington Post that Kellermann hanged himself and that his wife found his body and called police. They said he did not leave a suicide note.
County police spokesmen would not confirm those details, saying only that it was "an unattended death" and that there were no signs of foul play. The body has been taken to the office of the medical examiner, who will make a formal ruling on the cause of death.
Kellermann was named acting chief financial officer of Freddie Mac last September, after the federal government seized Freddie Mac and ousted its top executives. It is a highly demanding job closely scrutinized by the company's regulator.