Olympus?s head office in Tokyo has confirmed the death of Tsutomu Omori, the managing director of Olympus India, and issued an official statement in which it expresses a need to respect his family’s feelings.
NEWS UPDATE 9.23PM: Omori used ‘company notepads’ to pen messages to his family before he died, according to a report in the Hindustan Times which says it has obtained copies of the notes. Police have not said whether the death is linked to the ongoing problems at Olympus.
The 49-year-old was found hanging from a wall bordering a park in the Gurgaon district of India, in an apparent suicide, according to local press reports yesterday.
Olympus Tokyo spokesperson Ayako Nagami told Amateur Photographer by email: ?We regrettably have confirmed that our valued colleague Tsutomu Omori, managing director of Olympus Medical Systems India Private Limited has passed away.
?We are attempting to obtain more information about his passing. At this time, we would like to refrain from commenting further out of consideration and respect for the feeling of his family.?
There appears to be no suggestion that his death is linked to the Olympus scandal that last week saw the arrest of seven officials in Japan in connection with a massive accounting fraud.
Omori’s death has today attracted global media interest, given its timing, just days after worldwide coverage of the arrests.
Olympus established Olympus India on 1 April 2010 in anticipation of growth in the Indian market.