Landis's father-in-law commits suicide
Already battling to clear his name after testing positive for testosterone, Tour de France winner Fl
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The 57-year-old father-in-law of Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has been found dead in his car in San Diego car park after committing suicide. David Witt, the stepfather of Landis’s wife, Amber, was found on Tuesday, with the San Diego coroner’s office confirming his death of Wednesday.
Paul Parker, an investigator with the San Diego County Medical Examiner, said Witt had been found with a gunshot wound to the head, and his death had been ruled a suicide. “The Landises are devastated by the news of David’s death,” Landis’s legal representative Michael Henson told Associated Press. “They loved him dearly, and they miss him.”
Landis, of course, has just committed himself to clearing his name after it was recently confirmed he had tested positive for testosterone at the Tour de France. The 30-year-old American faces being stripped of the Tour title, but a close friend of the family, Dwight van Slyke, said he did not believe the recent doping allegations had led directly to the suicide.
“It could have been a few percentages of the whole maybe, or just another negative thing that he was depressed over,” said van Slyke, who added that Witt had been struggling with the strain of opening a restaurant earlier this year.
Landis and Witt, a keen amateur cyclist, met in 1998 and are reported to have shared an apartment in San Diego. Witt later introduced Landis to his future wife. The pair served as best man at each other’s weddings.