Imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff won't seek to attend his son's funeral out of consideration for the privacy of his son's wife and four children, his lawyer said Monday.
Attorney Ira Sorkin said Madoff instead will mourn privately at the North Carolina prison where he's serving a 150-year sentence for his fraud conviction in what authorities have called history's largest Ponzi scheme.
Madoff's older son, Mark Madoff, 46, hanged himself early Saturday in his Manhattan apartment two years after his father was arrested on charges that he cheated thousands of people out of tens of billions of dollars.
Sorkin declined to say whether Madoff considered asking to attend his son's funeral. The lawyer would say only: "Mr. Madoff will not be attending the funeral out of consideration for his daughter-in-law's and grandchildren's privacy. He will be conducting a private service on his own where he is presently incarcerated."
Sorkin commented a day after the city medical examiner's office formally ruled Mark Madoff's death a suicide. Madoff was found hanging from a dog leash in his apartment. His 2-year-old son was found asleep in an adjacent room.