Fotis Dulos’ children visited him at the hospital before he was taken off life support, according to a statement from a family spokesperson.
Jennifer Dulos, his estranged wife and mother of the children, has been missing since May and Fotis Dulos was facing charges, including murder, in connection with the disappearance at the time of his death.
“Five children have lost both parents in the span of eight months. Our top priorities are ensuring their wellbeing and protecting their privacy. Understandably, they wished to say goodbye to their father, which we arranged with the assistance of hospital personnel,” Carrie Luft, a spokesperson for Jennifer Dulos’ family and friends, wrote in a statement.
Jennifer Dulos and Fotis Dulos were going through a divorce and they were in a battle for custody of their five children when Jennifer Dulos disappeared.
Fotis Dulos maintained his innocence throughout the case, and a note found with him following his suicide attempt denied any involvement in the disappearance. Jennifer Dulos remains missing and law enforcement have said they believe she is dead.
“Tragically, the children have not been -- and may never be -- able to say goodbye to their mother, Jennifer, who remains missing. This devastating reality continues, and we ask once again that the privacy of the families and loved ones be honored,” Luft wrote.
Michelle Troconis, Fotis Dulos’ former girlfriend, and Kent Mawhinney, a friend and attorney for Fotis Dulos, are still facing charges in connection with Jennifer’s disappearance. They have each been charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Troconis is also charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution. She has pleaded not guilty.
In July, the court granted temporary custody of the children to Jennifer's mother, Gloria Farber, and they have been living in her New York City home.
Search Continues for Jennifer Dulos
Jennifer Dulos is still missing. Police have a dedicated website on the search for Jennifer Dulos. They have set up a tipline at 203-594-3544 as well as a dedicated email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: Here is information on suicide prevention from the National Institute of Mental Health. If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting ‘Home’ to 741741.