According to his death certificate, Bernie Madoff’s cause of death was kidney disease and hypertension.
The 82-year-old died in Butner Prison in North Carolina on April 14.
He was sentenced to 150 years in July 2009 and served his entire sentence in prison, along with fellow inmates, including Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard and mob boss Carmine Persico.
Death certificate of Madoff, obtained by TMZ, also mentioned his profession of ‘real estate agent’ – the job he famously left in disgrace.
Bernie Madoff is seen in March 2009 and is leaving the court. He was sentenced to 150 years. His cause of death was revealed on Friday
Madoff, seen in 2003, died on April 14 at the age of 82. He died of high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney failure
He had asked for a compassionate release, given his ill health, but was refused.
His body was cremated in prison.
For two decades, Madoff robbed 37,000 victims in 136 countries of $ 64.8 billion and took one person’s money to pay off the other, before finally being arrested in 2008 after his two adult sons turned him in.
He never showed any remorse and described his victims as ‘greedy’ New York Magazine.
Many of his victims came from the Jewish community where Madoff had been a great philanthropist.
Bernie and Ruth Madoff in Palm Beach, Florida, before his arrest in 2008. Madoff died in prison on Wednesday at the age of 82
His wife, Ruth, 79, lives in Connecticut, but was recently seen in Palm Beach, Florida, where Bernie’s younger brother Peter also lives with his wife Marion.
His adult sons Mark and Andrew reported him to authorities after he confessed to them that the investment company he was running was a Ponzi scheme and “a big lie.”
Mark stopped talking to him and hanged himself in 2010, on the second anniversary of his father’s arrest.
He was so ashamed of his father that he could no longer live with the guilt of his crimes.
Andrew died of lymphoma in 2014.
He once defeated cancer, but returned in 2011 after Bernie’s arrest. He blamed his father for his deteriorating health.
Ruth claimed to have cut Bernie off, but journalist Jim Campbell, who had unfettered access to her for years, revealed to DailyMail.com that Bernie was still writing to her from prison when he died.
Campbell said he didn’t believe she would ever be “completely disconnected” from him.
Before he was jailed, she struck a deal with prosecutors that she would get $ 2.5 million to pay for his legal fees.
She has since settled with a small group of some of his tens of thousands of victims to pay them $ 600,000.
Bernie and Ruth Madoff with their sons Andrew and Mark. Andrew died of cancer in 2014 and Mark committed suicide in 2010
Madoff’s victims included Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, whose foundation lost $ 15.2 million.
“The pain the victims of Mr. Madoff’s fraud are experiencing is not diminished by his death, nor is our work completed for his victims,” said Irving Picard, an attorney appointed as receiver of the compensation fund.
“My legal team and I are committed to continuing to identify and recover Mr. Madoff’s stolen funds and return them to their rightful owners.”
Another former investor who declined to be named told The Philadelphia Inquirer, “One less thief in the world.”
Loretta Weinberg, the majority leader of the New Jersey Senate who lost money with Madoff along with her late husband Irwin, responded more strongly.
‘I’m not saying kaddish. That’s my response, ”she said NJ.com. Kaddish is a Jewish mourning prayer.
She added: ‘I continued to live my life much more productively than he did.
His death did not create a sense of closure. I haven’t thought of him much in recent years unless someone from the media called me. I didn’t need him to die for a sense of closure. ‘
Lene Kent, the daughter of a Long Island doctor who lost his savings, told me The New York Post: ‘The fact that he suffered in the end is almost poetic justice for the suffering he inflicted. I can’t say I’m shedding a tear. ‘
Another couple who lost their retirement savings at Madoff said they blamed the government for not keeping a closer eye on Madoff or the industry.
If you lose all your savings, it doesn’t matter if it’s a dollar or $ 1 trillion. You just lost everything you’ve worked your whole life. That was our future. That is why we have based many life decisions on our tax responsibility. We were invested with an icon of Wall Street, ”Ronnie Sue Ambrosino told Long Island News.
‘We felt we were insured. And none of that went through. The government was not there. They failed to live up to their responsibility. And that’s where we find faults, ‘she added.