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Aeroflex chairman Robert McKeon a suicide at 58

Robert McKeon, the chairman of Plainview-based Aeroflex and a private equity executive, died last week. He was 58.

McKeon was found at his home in Darien, Conn. on Sept. 10, according to a report from the Darien Police Department. The cause of death was suicide, said the Connecticut state medical examiner's office.

Darien police said McKeon's death was not suspicious, but that an investigation was ongoing pending the results of a toxicology report.

Aeroflex, a defense contractor and maker of high-tech communication equipment, filed a notice with the Securities & Exchange Commission Tuesday about McKeon's death. A spokesman for the company said a new chairman will be named within the next two weeks.

McKeon was most well known in the financial industry as one of the founding partners of the former investment banking firm Wasserstein Perella & Co and the founder of private equity firm Veritas Capital -- where he served as chairman until his death.

Veritas, which has around $2.2 billion in assets under management, is known for its investments in defense contractors and is the largest shareholder of Aeroflex -- owning about 30 percent of the company's stock, according to data from Bloomberg. McKeon had been chairman of Aeroflex since 2007. Two other partners at Veritas, Hugh Evans and Ramzi Musallam, also sit on the board of Aeroflex.

McKeon was born in the Bronx and attended Fordham University and Harvard Business School.


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