Kellermann was the head of the troubled Freddie Mac financial institution. He had apparently hanged himself. A few news agencies are reporting it. Some details here.


  1. #1 Monado
    April 22, 2009

    Was he the one that was simply too hopeful that things would turn out OK if he just kept pretending?

    In other news, at least 1500 farmers in India have committed suicide in a grisly way by drinking insecticide as their economic situation worsens. Some estimates go as high as 125000. And of course that leaves their families even worse off.

    However, the number of suicides seems to be dropping. Is there no way to help these people?

  2. #2 Scott Belyea
    April 22, 2009

    head of the troubled Freddie Mac financial institution.

    No, he was the acting CFO, according to the item you linked.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    April 22, 2009

    Scott: acting CEO = head. Head is not really a technical term, you see.

  4. #4 Stephanie Z
    April 22, 2009

    Actually, CFO, not CEO. A much less enviable position in this case. Responsible for all the financial controls but with no power to change how it’s run.

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    April 22, 2009

    Oh, sorry, my bad. CFO. I thought I heard CEO on the news report.