This is a tragic story, and I’m reluctant to write about it. Who in the world writes a suicide note where they explicitly say "NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER" ?! Why would you do that unless you are worried that officials might suspect foul play in your death?
Here is some follow up information from the Chicago Tribune.
In mid-May, in a room at a Rochester hotel used almost exclusively by Mayo Clinicpatients and relatives, Peter W. Smith, 81, left a carefully prepared file of documents, including a statement police called a suicide note in which he said he was in ill health and a life insurance policy was expiring.
However, the Chicago Tribune obtained a Minnesota state death record filed in Olmsted County saying Smith committed suicide in a hotel near the Mayo Clinic at 1:17 p.m. on Sunday, May 14. He was found with a bag over his head with a source of helium attached. A medical examiner's report gives the same account, without specifying the time, and a report from Rochester police further details his suicide.
In the note recovered by police, Smith apologized to authorities and said that "NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER" was involved in his death. He wrote that he was taking his own life because of a "RECENT BAD TURN IN HEALTH SINCE JANUARY, 2017" and timing related "TO LIFE INSURANCE OF $5 MILLION EXPIRING."
Am I living in some type of a Matrix spy novel? Not even Hollywood could come up with a scenario where someone who had contact with an extremely adversarial country in an effort to corrupt our elections, suddenly commits suicide and leaves a note where in the last moments of his life he feels he has to explicitly say, "NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER"!
This whole thing is going to get a lot worse and it is not going to end well.