Veritas Capital chairman's death ruled a suicide

Updated with correction

Robert B. McKeon, managing member and chairman of private equity manager Veritas Capital Fund Management was found dead Sept. 10 in his home in Darien, Conn.

The cause of death was determined to be suicide from asphyxia due to neck compression, according to the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Veritas Capital manages $2.2 billion in private equity. The company includes institutional investors among its client base, including the $37 billion Illinois Teachers' Retirement System, Springfield, which committed $75 million to the company's most recent fund, Veritas Capital Fund IV.

Veritas focuses on investments in government services, information technology and defense.

Ramzi Musallam, Hugh Evans and Benjamin Polk, Veritas senior partners, have assumed management of the firm following Mr. McKeon's death, said company spokesman Andrew Cole.

“Bob was an extraordinary person, a consummate professional and a cherished friend and colleague. We are all deeply saddened by this tragic loss and have his family in our thoughts. We are continuing to oversee operations at Veritas and at our portfolio companies, consistent with our regular practice and as Bob would have wanted,” according to a statement from the company.