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Husband of dead "influencer" kills himself when authorities show up to arrest him

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Posted at 12:18 PM, Oct 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-07 15:46:39-04

Tom Sharkey, the man suspected of killing his wife, Instagram influencer Alexis Sharkey, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday, according to KHOU-TV.

Authorities had recently obtained an arrest warrant for Tom after Alexis was found dead on a road in Houston, Texas, last year.

CBS News reports that the U.S. Marshals Task Force learned Tuesday that Tom was at his daughter's home in Fort Meyers, Florida. When U.S. Marshals knocked on the door Wednesday morning, his daughter and her boyfriend came out. Authorities said they then entered the home and found Sharkey dead with a gunshot wound to his head.

In November, Alexis Sharkey was found dead by Houston public works crews and was not wearing any clothes, local media reported.

According to the Associated Press, U.S. Marshals showed up at the Fort Myers home of Thomas Sharkey on Thursday to arrest him when they say he shot himself.

In a press conference, Houston police said they determined that Thomas was the only person who had the means, motive, and opportunity to have committed the murder.

Sgt. Michael Burrow said she was killed on November 27, and her body was found the following day.

Police said through their investigation, and they found that there was a history of domestic violence between the couple and that the relationship was ending, including a pending divorce.