Image: Markus Reinhardt
Arno Balzarini  /  AP file
Markus Reinhardt was head of security of the World Economic Forum for many years.
updated 1/27/2010 11:29:11 AM ET 2010-01-27T16:29:11

A regional official said the police commander in charge of security for the World Economic Forum has died in an apparent suicide.

The regional governor said Markus Reinhardt was found dead Tuesday, the day before the World Economic Forum began, in his Davos hotel room.

The five-day forum started Wednesday and will attract 2,500 of the world's business and political elite to the Swiss Alpine resort.

Reinhardt, 61, was captain of Graubuenden's cantonal police and was responsible for organizing Davos' security.

The death and apparent suicide was announced by Graubuenden's governor Claudio Lardi.

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