A billionaire diamond trader has died after ‘suffering a heart attack’ during a penis enlargement operation at a clinic in Paris.
65-year-old Ehud Arye Laniado was having the procedure done at a posh clinic on the Champs-Elysees when he suffered a heart attack after a substance was injected into his penis.
The heart attack proved fatal for the Belgian-Israeli dual national,
Laniado’s company Omega Diamonds, which is based in the Belgian city of Antwerp, confirmed his passing.
A statement from the company states:
“Farewell to a visionary businessman. It is with great sadness that we confirm that our founder Ehud Arye Laniado has passed away.”
A friend of Mr Laniado’s, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was ‘always focused on his appearance and how others perceived him’.
‘The Argentinian, that is what we used to call him at Omega Diamonds because he looked like a tango dancer.’
The friend also said that the only time Laniado forgot about his short height was when he asked his accountant to read out his bank statement, something which he did multiple times a day.
Laniado reportedly owned the most expensive penthouse in Monaco worth over £30 million, as well as a house in the plush LA suburb of Bel Air where he loved to drink bottles of Chateau Margaux with models and celebrities.
A statement on his website read: ‘It is with great sadness that we confirm the news that our founder, Ehud Arye Laniado passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019. He was 65 years old.
‘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.’
The diamond expert, who started his career in Africa in his early 20s, appeared not to go to university and first worked as a masseuse at the Hilton hotel in Tel Aviv.