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Mark Madoff's wife speaks

December 15, 2010 |  9:26 am

Mark Madoff's wife, Stephanie Morgan, released a statement Wednesday morning asking for "decency" from the public in the wake of her husband's suicide on Saturday. Mark Madoff was the older son of Bernard Madoff, the perpetrator of one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history. 

Here is the full statement from Morgan:

My husband Mark took his own life, and regardless of what you feel about my father-in-law and his     monstrous crimes, Mark’s children are innocent victims and this is tragic for them. I am devastated and now raising two small children alone. I ask that you please show decency and understanding toward all of Mark’s children and allow us to mourn in private. Mark has been cremated and there will be a private gathering to honor him later this week at an undisclosed location. I deeply appreciate the expressions of heartfelt sympathy and support I have received over the past several days from so many people who knew and loved Mark. I will miss him and love him forever.

-- Nathaniel Popper