Ron Brown

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Person.png Ron Brown   KeywikiRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, Clinton body count)
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BornRonald Harmon Brown
Washington DC, US
Died1996-04-03 (Age 54)
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Cause of death
plane crash
Alma materMiddlebury College, St. John's University
Children • Michael A. Brown
• Tracey L. Brown
SpouseAlma Arrington
Member ofSquire Patton Boggs
Victim ofpremature death
Ron Brown was the United States Secretary of Commerce, serving during the first term of President Bill Clinton. He died in a plane crash along with 34 others. 3 months later, Mohammed Ferrat, a business partner, reportedly died aboard TWA 800.

Employment.png United States Secretary of Commerce

In office
January 22, 1993 - April 3, 1996
Died in a plane crash

Employment.png Chairman of the Democratic National Committee

In office
February 10, 1989 - January 22, 1993

Ron Brown was a United States Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman whom Russ Winter termed a "Clinton bagman and apparatchik".[1] He died in the 1996 Croatia USAF CT-43 crash, without being autopsied. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days later the air traffic controller reportedly committed suicide.[2]

His unexpected death reportedly caused fear amongst another Clinton associate, Johnny Chung.[3]

The Strange Death of Ron Brown and Its Relevance Today [No longer available]


Ron Brown died in the 1996 Croatia USAF CT-43 crash. At the time of his death, he was under investigation by independent counsel for corruption.[4] A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound[2]. There were other anomalies at site of crash.[5]

Mohammed Samir Ferrat

Full article: Mohammed Samir Ferrat

Mohammed Samir Ferrat was a businessman who had worked with Ron Brown and who was reportedly scheduled to accompany him to Bosnia, but who withdrew at the last minute for unknown reasons. A Swiss lawyer, Gerald Page, reportedly stated on Swiss TV that Ferrat took out life insurance policies worth several million Swiss francs following Brown's death. Ferrat himself was reportedly aboard TWA Flight 800 which exploded on July 17, 1996.[6]


Related Quotation

TWA Flight 800“Police are investigating the possibility that insurance fraud by a Swiss resident listed among the 230 people killed in the TWA Flight 800 explosion might have been behind the disaster, Swiss television reported last night. Swiss authorities have been investigating Algerian-born Mohammed Samir Ferrat, for 18 months, the report said... A Geneva lawyer, Gerald Page, alleged in an interview for the Swiss television report that Ferrat took out life insurance policies worth several million Swiss francs in the weeks before the plane crashed in July 1996, half an hour after taking off from New York... On August 19, a month after the crash, the local medical examiner in Suffolk County - in whose jurisdiction the disaster occurred - declared that Mohammed Ferrat had been positively identified as a dead passenger from TWA Flight 800. US investigators counted him out as a suspect early... The report showed footage of the late US commerce secretary, Ron Brown, at the Washington signing with Ferrat of a pounds 62.5 million contract between Sofin and the US construction firm Chatwick Inc, which was to build residences in the Ivory Coast.”27 May 1998
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