The Chicago Tribune reported today that Peter W. Smith’s official cause of death is suicide. Smith was the venture capitalist and longtime GOP fundraiser who apparently sought to purchase copies of Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails.
Trump Watchdogs have written that Smith may also have helped established a secret company to benefit the Trump campaign.
Ten days prior to his death, Peter Smith had spoken with the Wall Street Journal about his willingness to collaborate with Russian sources, even if they were supported by the Russian government, in his work under Michael Flynn to benefit Trump’s campaign.
The Tribune reports that Smith reportedly committed suicide by asphyxiation. He was found in a Minnesota hotel that’s primarily used by visitors to the Mayo Clinic. Police reported that a suicide note explained that Smith was in poor health and wished to die before his life insurance policy expired.
The suicide note reportedly states “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER.”
According to the Tribune, the death record states that an autopsy was conducted.
Whole life insurance policies do expire, but rarely before the policyholder. Normally the maturity date is set to age 100 or beyond. Smith was 81.