STATE — The youngest son of former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, an aspiring photographer who had struggled with addiction, was found dead several days ago in a Mexico City hotel room.
A source familiar with the circumstances said the death of Jeffrey Corzine was not the result of a drug relapse although the source said the 31-year-old Summit native took his own life Tuesday after suffering from severe depression for an extended period.
The youngest of Jon Corzine’s three children, Jeffrey is survived by siblings Joshua and Jennifer, as well as his mother, Joanne Dougherty, to whom the former governor was married for 33 years before they separated in 2002 and divorced in 2003.
“Mr. Corzine is obviously devastated by this tragic loss,” spokesman Steven Goldberg told reporters. “We ask that all respect his family’s privacy during this very difficult time.” His mother and other family members declined comment.
The death of his youngest son is the latest in a series of challenges for scandal-plagued Jon Corzine, who was ousted from Goldman Sachs in 1999 and is now being sued by regulators over the 2011 collapse of MF Global Holdings Ltd., the commodities broker he headed after leaving public office.
Jon Corzine was the governor of New Jersey from 2006 to 2010, after six years in the U.S. Senate, which were both offices won in campaigns that were financed with the Democrat’s personal funds — estimated to be $400 million — garnered during the 1999 initial public offering of Goldman Sachs..
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