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The Times of Israel reports that on March 2, 2019, “billionaire Jewish diamond trader” Ehud Arye Laniado, 65, died during a penis enlargement operation at a private clinic in France.
Laniado, a Belgian Israeli, had a heart attack after an unnamed substance was injected into his penis during the procedure.
In the diamond business for 40 years, Laniado owned Omega Diamonds based in Antwerp and diamond pricing consultancy Mercury Diamond. In 2015, he sold the world’s most expensive diamond — the Blue Moon of Josephine — for $48.4 million, to Joseph Lau, a Hong Kong billionaire businessman and a convicted felon.
Omega Diamonds confirmed its owner and founder’s death in a statement: “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.”
Laniado reportedly entered the workforce as a masseuse working at the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv. He was expected to appear in court in Belgium on March 14 to face tax evasion charges.
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