Apple employee found dead at California headquarters

A Santa Clara county Sheriff's Office vehicle is shown parked outside one of the main office buildings of the Apple campus in Cupertino, California on April 27, 2016.
A Santa Clara county Sheriff's Office vehicle is shown parked outside one of the main office buildings of the Apple campus in Cupertino, California on April 27, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

SACRAMENTO (REUTERS) - An Apple Inc employee was found dead at the company's California headquarters with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, the Santa Clara Coroner's office said.

The body of Mr Edward Mackowiak, 25, was found on Wednesday (April 27) at Apple's campus in the Silicon Valley community of Cupertino.

“The Medical Examiner determined the manner of death was suicide and the cause was a gunshot to the head,” the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said in a written statement.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment or say what Mr Mackowiak did for the company, but a LinkedIn profile that has since been taken down listed him as a software engineer.

On Wednesday, local media reported that the victim had suffered a head wound and a gun was discovered near his body.

"Currently there are no new updates on this case," said Sergeant Andrea Urena of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. "We do not believe there was any foul play involved. This is now a coroner's case."

Santa Clara County Sheriff's officials have said deputies were summoned to Apple's offices on Wednesday morning and found a man dead in a conference room.

Apple's so-called Infinite Loop campus is the hub for the company's large workforce in Cupertino, which numbers 16,000 employees, according to a 2013 report on the company's economic impact.

The company is constructing another campus in the city, a massive loop of glass often likened to a spaceship.

"We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a young and talented coworker. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with here at Apple," the company said in a statement issued late on Wednesday.