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Former prosecutor and frequent TV commentator dies in apparent suicide

Posted Jul 18, 2013 7:52 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A former New Jersey prosecutor who made frequent TV appearances as a legal analyst has died at the age of 58 in an apparent suicide.

The body of former Bergen County Prosecutor John Fahy was discovered Wednesday under a railroad trestle in East Rutherford, report the Bergen County Record and the New Jersey Star-Ledger. He died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Fahy was also a former assistant U.S. Attorney in Newark, where he oversaw the political corruption unit, and practiced law at the firm he helped found, Fahy-Choi. He made frequent appearances as a court commentator on MSNBC, CNBC and other broadcast stations. In June, he had appeared on MSNBC to discuss the trial of George Zimmerman.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli told reporters that Fahy’s death was a shock and a surprise, according to the Record account. “He was known as a good lawyer,” Molinelli said, “and someone who was well liked in the community.”

Fahy also worked as the city attorney for Carlstadt. The town’s mayor told the Record that a friend of Fahy’s told him the lawyer was absent for a council meeting on Monday because he was ill and going for tests.

Fahy is survived by his wife, Ann.

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