Prominent attorney and frequent MSNBC legal analyst John “Jay” Fahy was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot near his office in Rutherford, N.J on Wednesday afternoon.
Fahy was a frequent guest on MSNBC, most recently appearing to discuss George Zimmerman‘s now-concluded second-degree murder trial. His body was discovered under a railroad bridge, little more than 300 yards from his office. He was discovered by two juveniles.
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli confirmed the death, which he said was “the result of a single gunshot wound to the head, fired with a handgun.”
A close associate of Fahy’s expressed bewilderment at his colleague’s death: “I feel like I just lost my brother,” the unidentified person told the Cliffview Pilot. “Everybody’s in tears right now.”
“Something happened in the last two weeks,” the person added. “But none of us can figure out what it is.”
Police have indicated that there doesn’t appear to be any evidence of foul play. But the investigation is ongoing.
Fahy was once the Bergen County Prosecutor, and before that, the chief of the political corruption unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark, N.J. Most recently, he worked at his firm Fahy Choi, LLC, before which he was a partner at Cole Schotz Meisel Forman & Leonard, PA; Water McPherson McNeill, PC and Reed Smith LLP.
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