Phoenix-based TV pitchman Donald Lapre, charged with running a nationwide scheme to sell essentially worthless Internet-based businesses, died Sunday morning, Oct. 2, 2011, in an apparent suicide while in federal custody. His trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday.

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Phoenix-based TV pitchman Donald Lapre, charged with running a nationwide scheme to sell essentially worthless Internet-based businesses, died Sunday morning, Oct. 2, 2011, in an apparent suicide while in federal custody. His trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday.

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