The former owner of Abashiri and numerous other racehorses, Adriaan van Vuuren, was found dead in a Pretoria hotel Thursday morning.

Van Vuuren failed to check out of the hotel which led cleaning staff to check on his room to find that he apparently uses some type of gas to commit suicide.

The Hawks Investigating Unit pursued van Vuuren for several months, following his disappearance in mid February. Van Vuuren was being investigated for massive fraud with possible bail hearing in the pipeline. 

Unconfirmed reports state that a gas bottle and pipe were near van Vuuren's corpse, with the suspected cause of death being suicide. The deceased faced long term jail time if prosecuted; it is alleged that Van Vuuren (former IT manager) defrauded Telkom subsidiary Trudon of R500 Million by creating invoices for non - existent software.

Adriaan van Vuuren is survived by his estranged wife Rika van Vuuren and their children.