Tom Sharkey, 50, was due to be arrested and charged with murdering his wife Alexis Sharkey, an Instagram influencer whose body was found in Houston, Texas.
A fugitive husband suspected of murdering his influencer wife shot and killed himself as US Marshals moved in to arrest him.
Tom Sharkey, 50, was wanted to kill Instagram star Alexis Sharkey, whose naked body was found next to a road in Houston, Texas after she was strangled in November last year.
Alexis, 26, had disappeared less than 24 hours after being found dead, and officials believed her body had been “carefully placed” at the side of the road.
Tom, a bodybuilder, had denied claims that he had a fallout with his wife and that they had argued before her death, but an arrest warrant was issued last month.
Marshals had traced him to his daughter’s home and were preparing to arrest him when he died in an apparent suicide.
Relative claims he ran upstairs and shot himself at about 1 am on Wednesday, local media reported.
His body was found after marshals knocked on the door and searched the home in Fort Myers, Florida.
Police said Tom was the only person with the “means, motive and opportunity” to have carried out the murder of Alexis.
Investigators said there was a history of domestic violence, and Tom had been “evasive” and lied during the probe.
He was due to be charged with murdering his wife, whose body was found three miles from their home.
After her death, friends said she was planning to divorce her husband and had claimed he was abusive.
Tom had made several Facebook posts following the discovery of his wife’s body.
In one, he wrote: “My world! My everything! I’m so lost right now! My one and only!”
Later, he spoke to KTRK-TV, saying: “We didn’t fight when she left. I just told her she couldn’t drive under the influence.
“She left anyhow. This is where we’re at.”
While Tom denied that they had a bust-up before she died, he did say, “there are always other sides to everything.”
He added: “I don’t need to set the record straight.
“I’ll let it play out the way it is. I know what my life was with my wife.”