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Don Lapre, Famous Internet Marketer Commits Suicide

Don Lapre Commits Suicide While Awaiting Trial

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Don Lapre was a famous and infamous internet marketer who committed suicide over the weekend while waiting in jail for his trial. Lapre had been arrested for 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, promotional money laundering, and transactional money laundering.

Lapre started his business in 1990, based around credit repair. Soon after he began selling booklets, helping people receive a FHA insurance refund after their mortgages had been paid. This led to his first big moneymaker, when he started an infomercial stating people could make $50,000 a week using his strategy which was based around “tiny classified ads” in newspapers.

Lapre’s first trouble with the law came in 2005, when the FDA accused Lapre of making false promises about a vitamin he was involved in selling. His business claimed the vitamin would assist against diseases such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, insomnia, cancer, and arthritis. He would receive two warnings from the FDA before finally taking “The Greatest Vitamin in the World” website down.

Lapre would come to be monitored by consumer watchdog groups, claiming Lapre was selling false get-rich-quick-schemes online. On June 8th, 2011, Lapre was indicted by a grand jury for selling worthless internet businesses. He was accused of scamming 220,000 victims out of $52 million. On October 2, Lapre died from what appears to be suicide, but his death is still under investigation.

On his site DonLapre.com, there are photos of Lapre’s house and family along with a lengthy goodbye message.

Don Lapre Suicide

I tried to create the best product on earth, paid out millions, made very little trying to make it a success, had attorneys review my entire company, paid out millions in refunds, tried to make the commission and products better every single year, and in spite of all that, I have been accused of something I did not do. I did not have the perfect company but never once did I allow one thing to be done that would violate any law. Nevertheless, because the majority of people did not make money, in spite of everyone of them being able to make as many $1000 checks as they wanted, I am left to fight a battle that will for sure destroy what energy I have left inside… I hope the pictures below motivate you to take a chance in life and try to do the impossible… It did not work out for me with my vitamins but I believe that being willing to fail is part of having a chance at success…. Never stop dreaming and for all those who sent me testimonials of what you did because of some of my help, I am grateful I made a small difference in your life…

Don Lapre, Famous Internet Marketer Commits Suicide
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  • http://www.blackberryexpressions.com wes

    I remember those “tiny classified ads” commercials! Too bad for him. Can’t say I ever bought into his money-making schemes but it’s still sad to hear he took his own life.

  • http://www.modeltrainhobbyist.com Lionel Bachmann @ Model Trains

    It’s sad that this has happened to him. But there are hundreds even thousands of others out there that are promoting get-rich-quick schemes. This guy just happened to be a very good and well known promoter who apparently promoted some bad products.

    • Rich Horn

      Thanks Lionel, Don was a friend and we will miss him.

  • Gary Wolfe

    I never sent Don any money, but I admired his good voice, the enthusiasm in his voice, his good looks and the positive message that he brought. That people could make money on their own, aside from their regular job. Face it, Don was a lot more successful at making money than most of us will ever be. To his detractors, as well as the people he is accused of harming, I feel that he has shown his repentance, by giving himself the death penalty. Would we ask for anything more? Perhaps his death may put an end to ALL of the legal claims against him. And perhaps he has life insurance that he is now leaving for his family. So in the end Don apologises to everyone by taking the death penalty while doing what he can for him family. Two final things. There’s nothing in the Bible preventing suicides from heaven and life insurance pays on suicides after a policy is two yrs. old. Rest in Peace, Don.

  • monique

    I just want all of you out there to know that we have lost a great man. We were very close friends. He only wanted good for everyone. That was both his rise and his fall. He was the most generous person u could ever meet. He was naïve in thinking he could make everyone rich. But, he was told this and believed it with all his heart. He loved everyone that knew him. May he now get some rest.

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