Tahlka News Bureau
Chicago: Former private equity advisor and Republican operative who died soon after he told The Wall Street Journal that he tried to obtain Hillary Clinton's missing emails from Russian hackers during the 2016 Presidential election campaign, committed suicide according to a state death record obtained by the Chicago Tribune.
Records obtained from Olmsted County, Minnesota said that Peter W Smith, 81, took his own life in hotel room near the Mayo Clinic on May 14. He was found with a bag over his head with a source of helium, attached to it. A note from Smith found by Police said that he took he own life because of bad health and his expiring life insurance, a report in The Tribune said.
The report turned heads, sparked controversy over the social media that Smith's death was connected to the investigation. However, nothing in the Tribune story is suggested.
Smith took his life 10 days after he gave interview to tribune in which he mentioned about the emails. The Journal reported that Smith said in the interview that he was convicted and said the email missing from Clinton's server were hacked by Russian hackers and what he worked with a team to acquire them. Smith also said that he was working independently and President Donald Trump's campaign said Smith never worked for it.
He said that he was unsure of the authenticity of the emails hackers sent to him but he told them to pass them to WikiLeaks, the same outfit that published the emails taken from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee.
When asked bout the emails Smith sent to potential recruits for his projects, which the Journal said it reviewed, he mentioned former Trump national security adviser Michal Flynn several times.
According to reports, an autopsy conducted on Smith' body but the examiner's office denied to give the newspaper a copy of the report.
Smith has lived in the Chicago suburbs of Lake forest. One of his former employees told the newspaper that h thought that Smith had gone to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota , to be treated for heat condition.