A British violin teacher facing extradition over allegations of abuse has been found dead at his home in the US.
Officials arrived at Christopher Ling's home but he had shot himself before he could be taken into custody.
The 56-year-old faced extradition to answer accusations that he abused as many as 10 girls while he taught at a music school during the 1980s.
Ling taught at the Chetham School of Music and had refused a Manchester police request to return to England for questioning.
Ling taught at the school until 1990. Many of his alleged victims said the teacher groomed them as teens and repeatedly molested them.
The Guardian newspaper previously reported claims from ten women that Mr Ling abused them in the 1980s while he was a freelance teacher at Chetham’s.
They claimed he would instruct girls as young as 15 to strip naked during lessons or spank their bare bottoms.
Mr Ling moved to the United States in the early 1990s and ran a talent management agency from his Los Angeles base.