The billionaire blood diamond trader lost his life in the clinic while the procedure was going on. He faced a fatal heart attack during the procedure that led to his death.
Billionaire blood diamond trader Ehud Arye Laniado reportedly passed away earlier this month while in the middle of a penis enlargement surgery. The surgery was taking place at a Parisian clinic. The man reportedly suffered a fatal stroke in the middle of the procedure that led to 65-year-old's demise. The names of the doctors and the clinic involved in the procedure have not been released to the public. According to reports, complications during the surgery led to Laniado suffering the fatal stroke. The complications have not been disclosed either. Most times, the anesthesia used during surgeries can increase the risk of pneumonia, strokes, and heart attacks in patients. Speculators suggest that this might have been the cause of his death. The incident took place in a posh clinic that is located on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in the French capital. Laniado's exact fortune or even the exact source of his wealth is not publicly known. He started to grab a lot of media attention in 2013 when he ran into trouble with the authorities.
Laniado has been involved in several legal battles with the Belgian Government and the customs office in the past few years. He has been accused of tax evasion by the officials. The authorities have also claimed that he lied about several large shipments of diamonds imported from Angola and Congo. His company has successfully managed to pay off the authorities regarding such illegal shipments in the past. However, he was still accused of illegal business practice and money laundering by the authorities. Investigations regarding his illegal business are still being made.
Rough way to go: billionaire dies during penis enlargement surgery: https://t.co/Edyx3V4hwb— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 7, 2019
Laniado faced a claim for 4 billion pounds from the Belgian authorities for tax evasion on the diamonds that were imported illegally. He allegedly prevented tax evasion trial by paying the authorities off. He paid £137.7 million to avoid trial. However, since the authorities suspected him of illegal business practices and money laundering, they continued to take the case ahead. The authorities still claimed the 4 billion pounds on top of which they fined him for another 1.7 million pounds. Two courts dismissed the claim made by the Belgian officials. However, an appeals court ordered a new trial with Laniado due to appear in court on March 14.
Laniado’s company, Omega Diamonds, is based in Antwerp, Belgium. Many of the world's biggest and best diamond producers also have their headquarters based in the city of Antwerp. Reports suggest that 84 percent of all the diamonds that are mined across the world pass through the city. The company recently released a statement that was released earlier this week that reads, Farewell to a visionary businessman. It is with great sadness that we confirm that our founder Ehud Arye Laniado has passed away. After living an exceptional life Ehud will be brought back home to Israel as his final resting place. He will be dearly missed by us all.
Blood Diamond dealing Belgian-Israeli dual national tax avoiders (Belgian taxes of course). Classy fellow— PragmaticNationalist (@toirama) March 7, 2019
Laniado lived most of his life in extreme wealth. Despite all of the success he had achieved during his lifetime, he was said to be a very insecure and self-conscious man. As reported by The Sun, one of his friends said that Laniado was always focused on his appearance a cared and a lot about how everyone perceived him. He apparently asked his assistant to read his bank statement out aloud a few times every day to remind himself about how significant he was every time he started to worry about his physical appearance.
Laniado was the owner of the most expensive penthouse in all of Monaco that costs £30 million ($40 million). He also owned numerous other residents in high-profile locations. One of the best houses he owned is located in the plush Los Angeles suburb of Bel Air. Sources claim that he loved to drink bottles of Chateau Margaux and party with models and celebrities in his L.A. house. He gained all of this success in life without graduating from university. Laniado started off his career working as a masseuse at the Hilton hotel in Tel Aviv.
His career shifted as he soon fell into the world of diamond trading. “In Antwerp, it turned out that he did have some talents. Internationally, he was one of the biggest experts in valuing raw diamonds,” a friend said. Back in 2015, Laniado sold the most expensive diamond in the world. It is called the Blue Moon of Josephine and was sold to Hong Kong businessman and convicted felon Joseph Lau Luen Hung for £36.8 million. Laniado's company, Omega Diamonds, made a name as one of the most notorious diamond companies in the world.
The company has often been accused of facilitating human rights violations by the sale of "blood diamonds". The diamonds were brought in from regions where slave labor and child labor are used in the process of extracting the resource from the ground. There have been several lawsuits against the company for this matter. However, most of these lawsuits have been fought off. The company was eventually forced to pay $195 million settlement to keep its executives out of prison. This has been recorded as the highest settlement of its kind in the history of the country.
Laniado was also known for being a partner in a company called Ascorp, the Angolan diamond monopoly. Ascorp is controlled by Russian-Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, who is said to be a very close friend of Vladimir Putin, according to the Irish Times.
Not the sort of ‘rough cut’ he was after then...— Glenn Ingram (@muglogic) March 6, 2019