Over the past several years there has been a long string of deaths in the financial community. Top executives and advisers in the banking industry have been dying off in droves, and often under very peculiar circumstances. This year alone has seen 16 banker deaths, with most of them ruled as suicides. Now we can chalk that number up to 17, with the death of Shawn Miller of Citigroup.
Miller was found dead in his apartment with his wrists and throat slashed, and the case is now being investigated as a suicide. He was apparently a well known advocate for responsible business practices.
Police believe Miller killed himself, Detective Martin Speechley, an NYPD spokesman, told Bloomberg News Wednesday. However, the official cause of death will remain a mystery until the autopsy report is concluded. Miller “was highly regarded at Citi and across the financial services industry as a leader and tireless advocate for environmental and sustainable business practices,” top managers at Citigroup wrote in a letter to staff in his department, Bloomberg reported.
“He will be greatly missed by all who knew him,” the letter said.
Miller had a strong background in advocating corporate social responsibility throughout his career, first at the World Bank and then at Citigroup.
After winning a US government-funded fellowship to study Bengali in Calcutta, India, Miller worked for the International Finance Corp, the investment arm of the World Bank, for nine years, advocating “public consultation” and better cooperation with environmental and human rights groups.
At Citigroup from 2004, he was responsible for policies drawn up by the Equator Principles Association, a group of 80 lenders worldwide that called for banks to defend environmental and social conditions when financing projects, Bloomberg News reported.
He co-authored standards for “responsible risk decision-making,” according to Citigroup’s website.
However, not everything is as it seems with the death of Shawn Miller.
Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.