A billionaire diamond trader died after ‘suffering a heart attack’ during a penis enlargement procedure.
Ehud Arye Laniado, 65, was at an unidentified private Parisian clinic on Saturday (2 March) when complications proved fatal on the operating table.
At a clinic on Avenue des Champs-Elysees, the diamond expert’s heart attack allegedly occurred when a substance was injected into his penis.
‘An expectational life’
Laniado’s company – Omega Diamonds – confirmed his death.
‘Farewell to a visionary businessman. It is with great sadness that we confirm that our founder Ehud Arye Laniado has passed away,’ a statement read.
‘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.’
A friend of Mr Laniado’s, who wished to remain anonymous, he was ‘always focused on his appearance and how others perceived him,’ according to the Toronto Sun.
He said the billionaire was focused on his height and was nicknamed ‘The Argentinian because he looked like a tango dancer.’
‘One of the biggest experts’
The experienced diamond expert reportedly owned a $50 million penthouse in Monaco, as well as a plush Bel Air pad.
According to local Belgian media, the Belgian-Israeli billionaire did not go to university.
He started his career as a masseuse at the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv.
But a friend added: ‘In Antwerp, it turned out that he did have some talents.
‘Internationally, he was one of the biggest experts in valuing raw diamonds.’
In 2015, Laniado sold the world’s most expensive diamond called the Blue Moon of Josephine to Hong Kong businessman and convicted felon Joseph Lau Luen Hung for $48.4 million.