Bernie Madoff sister, her husband dead in suspected murder-suicide

The sister of the late fraudster Bernie Madoff and her husband have been found dead in Florida in a suspected murder-suicide, according to a report.

The bodies of Sondra Wiener, 86, and her husband Marvin, 89, were discovered in their home Thursday in Valencia Lakes, sources told Boca News Now.

Police confirmed there was a murder-suicide investigation underway at the residence, but would not disclose the identities of the victims, the outlet reported.

No further details have been released about the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

In an email sent out to residents in their West Palm Beach-area neighborhood, a community leader confirmed the couple’s deaths.

“Let me start off by stating that as many of you have heard, we had a tragic situation on Barca Boulevard regarding the passing of Sondra and Marvin Weiner,” the email obtained by Boca News Now said.

Medical examiners remove the body of Mark Madoff, the son of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff, after he hanged himself in his New York apartment on the second anniversary of his father's arrest for perpetrating Wall Street's biggest ever fraud, in New York, December 11, 2010.
Medical examiners remove the body of Mark Madoff, the son of Bernie Madoff, after he hanged himself in his New York apartment on the second anniversary of his father’s arrest, December 11, 2010.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to their family. There is currently an investigation pending. All I can say is at this time there is no security or safety threat to anyone in the community.”

Bernie Madoff, who pleaded guilty in 2009 to running a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, died in federal lockup in Butner, North Carolina, in April 2021 as he was serving a 150-year sentence. He was 82.

His elder son, Mark, hanged himself on the second anniversary of the fraudster’s 2008 arrest and left behind a bitter note.

60 Minutes interviewed Bernie Madoff's son, Andrew (shown), for a story that will provide the first inside account from the immediate family of the man who stole billions of dollars. Image is a screen grab.
Andrew Madoff died of mantle-cell lymphoma in 2014.
CBS via Getty Images

“Bernie, now you know how you have destroyed the lives of your sons by your life of deceit. F–-k you,” wrote Mark, 48.

His younger son Andrew also blamed the financier for the recurrence of the rare cancer, mantle-cell lymphoma, that killed him in 2014, also at 48.

“One way to think of this is the scandal and everything that happened killed my brother very quickly. And it’s killing me slowly,” Andrew told People magazine.

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 10, 2009, file photo, former financier Bernie Madoff exits federal court in Manhattan, in New York.
Bernie Madoff pleaded guilty in 2009 to running a $65 billion Ponzi scheme.
AP Photo/David Karp, File

Madoff’s ripoff was also tied to the suicides of three investors, including a hedge-fund executive, Charles Murphy, 56, who jumped his death from the luxury Sofitel New York Hotel in 2017 after his firm invested $7 billion with the financier.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five boroughs, you can dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to


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