A Syrian shipowner was found dead in his house in Voula suburb of southern Athens, in Greece late Thursday afternoon.

The 63-year-old shipowner was found dead in the basement of his villa by his wife and a member of his security guards who notified the police.

Next to him there was a carbine but also a note, as Greek media reported, without revealing its content.

In accordance with various Greek media leaks, shortly before the incident the shipowner sent a message to his wife in which he left suspicions that he would end his life.

News website newsit.gr and other media reported that the shipowner, who was also one of the owners of a well-known shipping company, went to the basement of his house which was used as a gym.

From there he sent a message to his wife, who was upstairs, asking her to forgive him for what he was about to do.

He then ended his life by pointing the shotgun at his chest.

The 33-year-old widow of the shipowner testified to the police about the dramatic case, saying, according to information from newsit.gr, that her husband had no reason to kill himself.

The state-run Athens News Agency reported that a carbine was discovered next to the body of a 63-year-old Syrian national in the building’s basement in the Athens suburb of Voula at about 4.30 pm on Thursday.

As the most likely scenario, suicide is considered as the reason of the shipowner´s death, in accordance with the initial information.

Hellenic police forces rushed to the spot and are investigating the circumstances of the 63-year-old’s death.

Police are investigating, with death by suicide being the most likely scenario, Athens News Agency said without disclosing the name of the victim.

The case has been taken over by the southeastern Attica police sub-directorate.