One of Bill Clinton’s former special advisors who helped cement his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein has died at the age of 59, becoming the latest associate of the former President to die young.
Mark Middleton’s family said that he passed away on Saturday in a statement which did not reveal the cause of death.
The father-of-two lived in Little Rock, Arkansas, and local law enforcement and the county coroner told DailyMail.com that they were not investigating the death and did not respond to it.
The Middleton family did not reply to requests for comment.
Middleton had for decades run an air conditioning business in Little Rock but in the 1990s he was a special advisor to Clinton and finance director on his Presidential campaign.
During that time Middleton admitted Epstein to the Clinton White House on seven of the at least 17 times the late pedophile visited.
Middleton also flew on Epstein’s plane and appears to have acted as a conduit between the two men.
DailyMail.com has previously reported on how Epstein’s access to the Clinton White House gave him entry to a world of influence he would cultivate for the rest of his life and use to impress and threaten underage girls he abused.
Middleton’s death was announced in a Facebook post – now deleted – for the family’s air conditioning company, Middleton Heat & Air.
According to a report in Arkansas Business, the company was one of the largest HVAC providers in the state.
The post said: ‘The Middleton Family is saddened to share that Mark Middleton passed away this weekend.
‘The Middleton family has lost an inspiring and dedicated leader, as well as a son, brother, husband, and father. Mark leaves behind a company that he helped build from the ground up alongside his family and was proud to run for the last 25 years.
‘No words can express our sadness over this loss or our gratitude for your support and prayers during this time’.
Middleton was also managing partner of the investment firm MidCorp Capital, an investment company, and worked for a handful of nonprofit foundations.
The only potential hint at a possible cause was a request in Middleton’s obituary that, instead of flowers, well wishers donate to a service that specializes in counseling and therapy linked to the New Life Church, which is based in Arkansas.
A spokesman for the Little Rock Police Department said they had not investigated the death.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s office said they had not responded to Middleton’s death, and neither had the county coroner, according to an employee in the office reached by DailyMail.com.
Middleton’s life in recent years was a world away from the power he enjoyed in the 1990s.
White House visitor logs previously reported by DailyMail.com showed that he appears as the authorizing authority on seven of Epstein’s White House visits, most of which were to the West Wing.
In addition to being a special assistant to the President, Middleton was also assistant to the chief of staff, Thomas ‘Mack’ McLarty,
Middleton left the White House in February 1995 and was accused of setting himself up as an international deal-maker, exactly the kind of person that would appeal to Epstein.
In 1996 an investigation by the White House found that Middleton had abused his access to impress business clients and he was barred from the executive mansion without senior approval.
Middleton denied the claims.
A source has told DailyMail.com that some of Middleton’s meetings with Epstein happened in room 176 which was in the old Executive Office building, not the White House.
The source said that Middleton asked for a meeting room next to the White House mess, which was in the West Wing, so he could impress his guests with his proximity to the Oval Office.
The source said: ‘Mark was trying to make himself look bigger than he was. He was trying to make himself out like he had more power than he really did in the White House.
‘Mark knew that Epstein was managing the money of Les Wexner,’ referring to the billionaire founder of L Brands and Victoria’s Secret.
The source went on: ‘The year 1994 there were midterm elections, Clinton needed money and Mark thought he could get some of Wexner’s money.
‘Mark wanted to set himself up as the guy who could bring in those kinds of big donors’, the source said.
Following a May 1994 visit by Epstein to the White House, Epstein flew from Washington to Palm Beach, Florida, with Middleton on board.
The following day the pair flew from Palm Beach to Grand Bahama International Airport in the Bahamas.
They returned the same day to Palm Beach.
Several of Clinton’s former associates have died over the years in unexpected circumstances, sparking the conspiracy theory known as Clinton Body Count.
They include deputy White House counsel Vince Foster, whose 1993 death was ruled a suicide but sparked a slew of conspiracy theories about the involvement of the Clintons.
After Epstein hanged himself while awaiting trial in 2019 Donald Trump retweeted conspiracy theories that Clinton was involved.
Others whose deaths have been linked to the Clintons without foundation have been Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee staffer who was murdered in 2016, and Christopher Sign, the reporter who broke the news of a meeting on the tarmac of Phoenix Airport between Clinton and then-attorney general Loretta Lynch. Sign was found dead at his home in 2021.
The Wikipedia page for Clinton Body Count also includes C. Victor Raiser, Bill Clinton’s National Finance Co-chairman who died alongside his son in a 1992 plane crash; Mary Mohane, a White House intern who was gunned down in a Starbucks in 1997 and Jim McDougal, a financial partner of the Clintons who died of a heart attack while in prison in 1998.
It also lists Edward Willey, whose wife Kathleen alleged that Clinton sexually assaulted her. His death was ruled a suicide.
Clinton’s head of security Jerry Parks was gunned down as he left a Mexican restaurant in 1993.