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Cause of death sought for heir to Golden Flake Snack Foods

Authorities are trying to determine if an heir to one of Alabama's best-known companies was the victim of a homicide or took his own life.

Mountain Brook Police Chief Johnny Stanley said Wednesday that is the main question after the body of 63-year-old Major Bashinsky was found in a golf course pond.

Stanley said he hopes a coroner's report will answer the question.

Bashinksy, who went missing two weeks ago, is a prominent estate lawyer. He is a son of the late Sloan Bashinsky, longtime head of Golden Flake Snack Foods. The son's car was found four days after he disappeared, and a letter critical of the company was taped inside it along with a bag of chips.

The letter was one of a series that had been sent to members of the Bashinsky family.

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