Police: Evidence points to suicide in death of Missouri auditor, husband, father

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ST. LOUIS -- Police believe Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich intentionally killed himself Thursday morning in his home in Clayton, Mo. He was rushed to the hospital after experiencing what his staff is describing as a “medical situation” in his home.  A short time later it was announced that Schweich died.

Schweich 1He was 54. He leaves behind his wife and two children.

Click here for a link to Schweich's Missouri Auditor facebook page, in which he highlighted some of his cases and accomplishments.

Auditor’s spokesman Spence Jackson said Schweich “experienced a medical situation at his home” in Clayton on Thursday morning and is being treated at a St. Louis area hospital. A release from Jackson states, “We ask for respect and privacy for him and his family during this time.”

"It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich today," Jackson said. "Please keep in mind his wife Kathy and two children."

Jackson declined to release any other details about Schweich’s ailment or condition.

Political strategist Annie Presley knew him and said his family and Missouri will feel the impact of his loss.

“I’m stunned. We ran around. He was fun and easy and living a good life. I know he had a wife and a couple of kids. He just had a bright future,” she said.

“[He was] Very energetic, very knowledgeable. He went to Clayton High School, Yale, then Harvard Law,” Presley continued. “He was a smart guy. Obviously he found some issues and found the solution. Regrettably, this is not the solution the rest of us prefer.”

Schweich is a Republican who won re-election to a second, four-year term in November. He announced a month ago that he was seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2016.

flag at halfGovernor Jay Nixon (D), ordered flags at all Missouri facilities to be immediately lowered to half-staff to honor his passing.

"I join all Missourians in mourning the passing of State Auditor Tom Schweich, a brilliant, devoted and accomplished public servant who dedicated his career to making Missouri and the world a better place,” Gov. Nixon said. “From his courageous work to combat the illegal drug trade abroad in Afghanistan to his tireless efforts to protect the interests of taxpayers here in Missouri, Tom Schweich’s exceptional intellect and unwavering dedication to public service left a legacy that will endure for many years to come.  The First Lady and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Tom’s wife Kathy and two children, Emilie and Thomas, Jr.,” Gov. Nixon said.

In a statement released after his death, Missouri Republican Party Chairman, John Hancock said:

“I am in utter shock at the news of Tom Schweich’s tragic passing. Tom will be remembered as a tenacious, energetic, effective elected official who worked tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of this state and this nation.  I ask all Missourians to join me in praying for Tom’s family.”

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