I Was Waiting For More Details Before I Posted This Story:
Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the 52-year-old woman known as the "D.C. Madam," committed suicide Thursday morning at her mother's home in a trailer park in the Tampa area, Tarpon Springs Police told FOXNews.com.
"It was her, and she's deceased," said Frank Ruggiero, a public information officer with the Tarpon Springs Police Department. "There's no question that it was a suicide."
Palfrey apparently hanged herself with a nylon rope that she wrapped around a metal beam in a shed on the property, according to police.
Authorities said her 76-year-old mother, Blanche Palfrey, positively identified the dead woman as her daughter.
She left behind a suicide note as well. No word yet on what is in the note but you can imagine it will eventually find it's way to the media. I don't think she would have been sentenced to much more than five years in prison but Palfrey made it clear that she wouldn't be going back. Palfrey made her way into the shed as her mother was sleeping this afternoon. She may have used a three-wheeled bicycle to stand on as she placed a nylon rope around her neck and called it quits.
And that, my friends, is how this story ends...
Update: Not so fast. Hours after her death, conspiracy theories...
Hustler magazine publisher and free-speech advocate Larry Flynt -- one of Palfrey's staunchest advocates -- was the strongest voice forwarding the notion that Palfrey's death was not by her own hands.
"I think the media should be very cautious in treating this as a suicide," Flynt told FOXNews.com in a telephone interview from his Beverly Hills office.
Asked if he believed Palfrey was murdered, Flynt responded: "I personally believe that's what happened, but I have no proof."