Shawn Miller, a 42-year-old Citigroup Inc. executive, was found dead in his apartment Tuesday. He was found in the bathtub with slices on his wrist and throat.
Initially, Miller’s death was considered suspicious. However, when investigators moved his body, they found a knife. Now, authorities believe that he may have sliced himself and then fell forward over onto the blade.
The New York Daily News reported that officers investigating the possible suicide found evidence that drugs may have been involved in Shawn Miller’s death. According to Business Week, there has been no confirmation of that information outside of what anonymous tips the Daily News received. Authorities are still waiting on toxicology reports.
Miller was a prominent executive for Citigroup Inc. He traveled around the world and was responsible for much of the Equator Principles, which are used to establish environmental policies.
To explain the importance of his work, Shawn Miller told the U.K.’s Guardian last year, “We as banks want to make sure our clients are both adhering to local laws and regulations, but also to the nationally and internationally accepted standards.”
“He was a really strong defender of the underserved and the underrepresented. He fought really hard to strike the balance between the commercial interests of his firm and the well-being of the people who would be impacted. He was a force to be reckoned with,” Matt Arnold, from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., said about Miller.
Citigroup Inc. sent out a notice on Wednesday to inform employees of Shawn Miller’s death.
“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our friend and colleague Shawn Miller. Shawn joined Citi in 2004 and was highly regarded at Citi and across the financial services industry as a thought leader and tireless advocate for environmental and sustainable business practices. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to Shawn’s family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”
Although Miller’s death is now suspected to be a suicide, authorities are still investigating the possibility of murder.
Investigators are searching for an unidentified male seen with Shawn Miller in his building shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. He was seen leaving the building at around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday. When he returned a little bit later that day, Miller told the doorman that he was not welcome on the premises.