REPORT: Real Estate Tycoon Connected To College Admissions Scandal Found Dead By Suicide


Leena Nasir Entertainment Reporter
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Real estate tycoon Robert Flaxman, one of dozens of people charged in the 2019 “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal, died by suicide on Oct. 20 at age 66.

Law enforcement officers said Flaxman’s friends became worried about him and requested a welfare check at his home in Malibu. Police discovered he had hanged himself in his home, according to The Real Deal and TMZ. Sources close to the situation revealed that the case has been closed, which signals that authorities do not suspect foul play, TMZ reported. Flaxman, who had a history of depression, did not leave a note prior to taking his own life.

Flaxman was charged alongside Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, and 47 others in a major college admissions scandal that came to light in 2019, according to TMZ. (RELATED: Lori Loughlin Hits The Red Carpet For The First Time Since College Admissions Scandal)

Flaxman pleaded guilty to paying a $75,000 bribe to boost his daughter’s ACT score. He was sentenced to one month in jail and a full year of supervised release and required to provide 250 hours of community service and pay a $50,000 fine, The Wall Street Journal reported.

No other details surrounding his death have been revealed at this time.