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NEW YORK (AP) — Robert McKeon, who founded the New York private equity firm Veritas Capital, died on Sept. 10. at his home in Darien, Ct., according a statement from the firm. He was 58 years old.
The office of Connecticut's chief medical examiner said the cause of death was suicide
McKeon started Veritas in 1992 after leaving the investment bank Wasserstein Perella & Co. where he served as chairman. McKeon was one of the boutique bank's founders, along with two Wall Street stars, the late Bruce Wasserstein and Joseph Perella.
Outside of the financial world, McKeon established a fellowship for military personnel at Harvard University, served on the board of Fordham University and was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations,
"Bob was an extraordinary person, a consummate professional, and a cherished friend and colleague," a statement from Veritas said. "We are continuing to oversee operations at Veritas and at our portfolio companies, consistent with our regular practice and as Bob would have wanted."
Veritas has $2.2 billion in assets under management and is now being managed by its three senior partners, Ramzi Musallam, Hugh Evans and Benjamin Polk.
The firm's most recent high-profile deal was in April when it bought Thomson Reuters' health-care business for $1.25 billion.