Apple employee found dead in company conference room

An Apple employee was found dead in a conference room at the company headquarters in Cupertino on Wednesday morning, amid unconfirmed reports that the victim might have had a gun.

Law enforcement was contacted at 8:35 a.m. PT by Apple. At the scene, police found a dead male in a conference room. Sgt. Andrea Urena, the public information officer for the office of the sheriff, said she could not confirm how the man may have died.

“No one else was involved, there was no danger to the public, there was no foul play,” she said, adding that the employee’s name and age are being withheld out of consideration for his family and co-workers. “We don’t think (the incident) involved criminal activity.”

Urena said that it was likely the county coroner’s office would be conducting an autopsy as is standard procedure for an unknown cause of death.

Early reports had suggested that a gun was found next to the body. However, Urena said she was not aware of the source of those reports and would not confirm or deny them.

An employee who spoke on condition of anonymity said most employees do not know who died and that employees were given the option of taking the rest of the day off. Grief counseling was also being offered.
The company had no immediate comment on the death Wednesday morning.
The death occurred one day after the company reported that quarterly revenue fell 13 percent from a year ago, with sales dropping from the previous year for the first time in 13 years.