According to ABCNews:
(ABC 6 News) – A Republican operative, who tried to obtain Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers during the election, was found dead in a Rochester hotel room earlier this year.
According to the Rochester Police Department’s report, 81-year-old Peter William Smith was found dead at the Aspen Suites on May 14.
The official Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s report lists Smith’s death as a suicide with the official cause of “asphyxiation due to displacement of oxygen in confined space with helium.”
The police report states Smith had left identification, medical documents and a note on a desk nearby. The note stated he “had a recent bad turn of health and that his life insurance policy would soon expire.”
Mayo Clinic said they cannot confirm if Smith was ever a patient.
Smith spoke with the Wall Street Journal about his efforts to acquire emails missing from Clinton’s servers from Russian hackers 10 days prior to his death.