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From the most recent afternoon edition of The Daily Bugle:
Wealthy Industrialist Dies In Fire
By: Ron Barney, staff reporter
Sebastian Shaw, President and CEO of Shaw Industries has been preliminarily identified by authorities as the sole victim of a fire at the industrialist's Long Island estate. At approximately 4:37 AM this morning, LIFD responded to a 911 call placed by Shaw's closest neighbor, a prominent Hollywood figure who declined to be identified. Three engines arrived at the Shaw estate to find the $4.7M mansion almost completely engulfed in flames. Two hours later, once the fire had been put under control and subsequently extinguished, Rescue and Recovery teams found only a single, badly burned body. As Shaw was known to have been at home this past evening and in light of other evidence yet to be specified by the LIPD detectives in charge of the case, authorities are cautiously confirming that the remains are indeed those of Sebastian Shaw. Further statements from the police, medical examiner and fire marshal offices are forthcoming.
Although authorities are being typically and understandably tight-lipped about the majority of the specifics involved, the Bugle has been able to learn the following: Sources close to the investigation are for the moment ruling out accidental death, concentrating their efforts on either murder or suicide. As stated, the remains that are being assumed to be Shaw's were the only remains found at the site, as the entirety of Shaw's small personal staff had all been sent home that evening. Those individuals (a butler, a driver, a cook and a personal assistant, all of whose names are yet unknown outside of the detectives in charge) are being sought for questioning.
Shaw, a powerful businessman in the mold of self-made millionaires such as Tony Stark and Obadiah Stane, was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Determined to further himself, he founded Shaw Industries as a young man, following engineering school, building the company into an industrial and economic powerhouse, becoming a billionaire not long after. Detractors long characterized Shaw as a common bully, his powerful physical build matching his supposedly "thuggish" behavior in the board room and at the negotiation table. Despite several periods of decline and possible collapse, Shaw Industries consistently weathered its difficulties and was restored to prominence.
Shaw Industries itself is perhaps best well known for having been involved in a number of anti-mutant initiatives, such as the various Sentinel projects, though the company's stance (and that of Shaw himself) has cooled somewhat on that subject in recent years. As for Sebastian Shaw, the man was as well known for his social connections, being often seen in the company of both military and political movers and shakers as well as a number of other celebrities. It is known that Shaw had some connections to the mysterious Hellfire Club, an elite establishment that has included among its other well-known members Emma Frost, now of the Xavier Institute, Warren Worthington, Sr. and according to rumor, even mutant terrorist Magneto.
The Daily Bugle is currently seeking statements from any and all individuals who knew, worked with, or may have been connected to Sebastian Shaw. As of printing, Shaw Industries had yet to issue a formal statement, and it is unknown if Shaw's successor is known.
OOC: Cross-posted to stoic_slim