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Michalis Aslanis, 63, prominent Greek fashion designer

In this March 16 2008 phoveteran Greek fashidesigner Michalis Aslanis poses during fashishow Athens. Aslanis one Greece’s most prominent fashidesigners

In this March 16, 2008 photo, veteran Greek fashion designer Michalis Aslanis, poses during a fashion show in Athens. Aslanis, one of Greece’s most prominent fashion designers for the past 40 years, has been found dead in his central Athens apartment in an apparent suicide.His death on Wednesday Aug. 28, 2013 comes a week after Aslanis told a Greek newspaper he had been “ruined” by close aides who allegedly stole large sums of money from him. (AP Photo/Branko Peic)

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Updated: October 2, 2013 6:22AM



ATHENS, Greece — Greek police say Michalis Aslanis, one of the country’s most prominent fashion designers, was found dead in his Athens apartment.

His death Wednesday comes a week after Mr. Aslanis told a Greek newspaper that he had been “ruined” by close aides who allegedly stole large sums of money from him.

A police official said there was no initial indication of foul play in the designer’s death. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the country’s privacy rules.

Mr. Aslanis, 63, was the best known of the old guard of Greek fashion designers, whose reputations were mostly domestically based. He told the Espresso newspaper he had been defrauded by two aides whom he had entrusted with paying his tax and social security bills.

Greece is suffering its worst financial crisis in decades.

AP



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