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Deutsche Bank source found dead in Los Angeles

By Daniel Chaitin, Deputy News Editor

A man believed to have assisted federal investigators and journalists looking into Deutsche Bank was found dead in Los Angeles, local officials said.

A cleaning crew found the body of Val Broeksmit, the adopted son of the late Deutsche Bank executive William Broeksmit, on Monday morning, according to CBS News. The 45-year-old was declared dead around 7 a.m. on the Woodrow Wilson High School campus, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. An autopsy is underway to determine the cause of death.

The high school’s police said they have no video showing Broeksmit arriving on campus and are unsure how long he was there. Broeksmit’s death is being investigated as an “undetermined death,” a police spokesperson told the Daily Mail on Wednesday.

Broeksmit, whose father died by suicide in 2014, was the subject of a profile titled “Me and My Whistle-Blower” by David Enrich, the business investigations editor at the New York Times, published in 2019. Enrich tweeted in April 2021 that a missing person report was filed with the Los Angeles Police Department and asked the public for assistance in finding Broeksmit.

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