...according to his lawyer. Just like Seth Tobias (missed every day).
The lawyer, William Zabel, said in a statement that an autopsy showed Mr. Picower, 67 years old, drowned in his pool because of the heart attack. A spokeswoman said Mr. Picower suffered from Parkinson's disease, a neurological disorder that affects motor skills, as well as unspecified heart-related problems.
Mr. Picower, a billionaire, was one of several high-profile Madoff investors initially viewed as victims of Mr. Madoff's fraud who was later revealed to be among the biggest beneficiaries of it, having booked billions of dollars in profits. Federal prosecutors at the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan are looking into whether Mr. Picower or several other longtime Madoff associates had knowledge of or complicity in the fraud, people familiar with the matter have said. Mr. Picower hadn't been charged with wrongdoing and had denied having any knowledge of fraud. Mr. Picower and his wife, Barbara, made $7.2 billion in profits from investing with Mr. Madoff since the 1970s, according to court documents filed by a court-appointed trustee who is recovering assets for victims of the fraud.