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How Did Cnbc Business Anchor Mark Haines Die?

On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, CNBC business anchor Mark Haines, age 65, passed away unexpectedly at his home. What did he die from?

On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, CNBC business anchor Mark Haines, age 65, passed away unexpectedly at his home. Haines was a morning business anchor on CNBC since 2005. He was a familiar face to everyone on Wall Street. He was known for his sarcasm and straight shooting style.


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I once chastised Haines in an article for saying that the Federal Reserve was trying to get ahead of the inflation curve. That is a ridiculous comment, as the Federal Reserve is the inflation curve. From 1800 to 1912, the United States dollar lost zero purchasing power. From 1913, the year the Federal Reserve was created, to today, the dollar has lost 95% of its purchasing power (plug in years listed on the site linked to).

But Haines was not that bad, and he would question everything. Volumes could be written about the complete lack of knowledge his longtime co-host on CNBC, Erin Burnett, continually displayed about economics, the markets and seemingly everything else. Erin Burnett was on CNBC for one reason, and it was not her brains.

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No cause of death was given for Mark Haines death. Haines made his living on a TV channel that loved to speculate and report on all kinds of business rumors. So the fact that no cause of death for Haines was given is surprising and sends up all kinds of red flags. 

Why was no cause of death given?

I have no personal knowledge concerning Mark Haines. However, I did work for a number of years as a licensed private detective. When a cause of death is not listed, especially for someone in the public eye, there is a very real reason why.

Here are a few reasons why a cause of death might not be released


When someone commits suicide, out of respect for the family, the cause of death is sometimes withheld. Of course if the public figure commits suicide in a public place like a hospital, like Family Feud host Ray Combs did in 1996, it quickly becomes public knowledge.

Mark Haines always seemed liked a guy who loved his investments. He always lamented whenever stock of GE, the longtime parent company of CNBC, declined. Haines must have owned GE stock. He likely also had plenty of life insurance, and if he committed suicide (especially within two years of purchasing a policy) that could complicate things. Which is another reason the family would not want his cause of death released.


Sometimes when drugs are involved, a cause of death will not be released until tests have been done. When pitchman Billy Mays passed away in 2009, speculation was a he had a heart attack. Rumors began to surface that Mays was a cocaine user. His death was eventually determined to have been caused by heart disease, brought on by use of cocaine and other drugs like prescription pain killers and anti-anxiety medications.

Foul Play

When foul play is suspected a cause of death will often not be released right away. But usually in the case of a public figure like Mark Haines, some kind of police activity would be reported. I’ve seen no police activity reported yet related to Haines. 

Embarrassing Incident

In 2009, comedian Mark Cassidy died at his home in England after he accidentally overdosed by inhaling laughing gas while watching Internet porn. Haines did not seem to be the type to be involved in anything tawdry, but you never know.

There could be any number of other reasons why a cause of death for Mark Haines has not yet been released. Until more word comes out, everything is speculation. But it is odd, and unusual, that nothing about the cause of death for Mark Haines has come to light.

Mark Haines Update

Mark Haines died one week ago, and there is still no news on how he died. I don’t know what the reason is, but there is definitely a reason why his cause of death has not been released. If I had to guess, I’d say CNBC fired Haines or let him go last week, and he either committed suicide or had a heart attack or stroke from the news.

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    On May 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    It was sad to know. My prayer goes to him.

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  4. Joe B.

    On May 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I tend to think it’s suicide. His colleagues said he was not in good health. For example, they said he had a bad back. And Santelli mentioned they use to take smoke breaks whenever he came to HQ.

    And you have to realize it\’s been an emotional few weeks for him. I was shocked he cried on Erin Burnett\’s last day. And the killing of OBL probably brought back memories of 9/11, when he ably anchored the coverage.

    To me, he seemed bored with the job to be honest. You could see he had a stack of papers he would read whenever Erin did the interviews and probably during breaks also. But I think he had such gravitas, no producer could tell him to put the stack of papers away.

  5. Joe Dorish

    On May 27, 2011 at 10:29 am

    It’s very odd nothing has come out yet about how Mark Haines died. Makes me think it’s either something pretty bizarre, or they are waiting for tests to see if he did himself in with drugs or medication.

    The only other thing I can think of, it’s suspicious and possibly foul play and they want to catch the perp. Very odd.

  6. Comoemagrecerrapido Hernandez

    On May 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    God bless you, Mark. You made the world a better place for being here. I cried when I watched you take Erin’s hand that day and say goodbye to her.

    Rest in peace, my friend. God bless you always and forever.

  7. Joe Dorish

    On May 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Still no news about how Mark Haines died. I can’t ever remember a case where a public figure died and it took this long for a cause of death to be announced.

  8. CNBC Watcher

    On May 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Still nothing about how Mark Haines died. Why all the secrecy? This is getting bizarre.

  9. Conspiracy for sure

    On May 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Why is Mark Haines so special that details of how he died are being kept secret?

  10. Serious

    On June 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I think Mark was terminally ill. Erin mentioned in the final video that he would be changing his diet soon. A usual requirement of a nasty cancer such as pancreatic or liver. In his sarcastic way he probably said screw this I’m not going to sit around and whither away. So Erin new this, maybe why she thought it was a good time to move on. They really dug each other and I think she was totally bummed. Hard to go to work everyday under those circumstances. I really dug his wit and cynicism.

  11. Wouldn't it be on the Death Certificate?

    On June 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Isn’t a Death Certificate public record? Wouldn’t the cause of death be on that?

  12. Joe Dorish

    On June 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Mark Haines cause of death was released. I wrote about it here:

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