DAILY MAIL | United Kingdom | 6th March 2019 | Edited
A billionaire diamond trader has died after ‘suffering a heart attack’ during a penis enlargement operation in Paris.
Ehud Arye Laniado, 65, was at an unidentified private clinic on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in the French capital on Saturday when complications during surgery proved fatal.
The experienced diamond expert’s heart attack happened when a substance was injected into his penis, Belgian media reported.
Mr Laniado’s company Omega Diamonds, which is based in the Belgian city of Antwerp, confirmed his passing.
A statement from the firm said: ‘Farewell to a visionary businessman. It is with great sadness that we confirm that our founder Ehud Arye Laniado has passed away.’
Mr Laniado reportedly owned the most expensive penthouse in Monaco worth more than £30million, as well as a house in the plush LA suburb of Bel Air, where he was said to have 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.’
In 2015, Mr 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 $48.4million (£36.8million).
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