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Skadden Partner Dies After Airport Drug Search

Posted Dec 4, 2007 7:54 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A high-profile real estate lawyer from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom collapsed and died at an airport in Australia last week after a drug sniffing dog took an interest in him.

Mark Bronson, 44, was a partner in the firm’s Tokyo office, Law.com reports. Sources told the Courier-Mail that Bronson had a seizure and vomited as he was speaking with customs officers at the Brisbane airport. He died hours later at a hospital.

No drugs were found on Bronson’s body. Sources claimed the vomit initially tested positive for cocaine, the Courier-Mail reports, although such early tests are not always accurate. Officials had also scanned Bronson’s luggage after the drug dog alerted, and the early test also was positive, the sources alleged.

The cause of death was under investigation. Bronson developed many real estate financing and investment methods used in Japan, according to a Skadden press release.

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