An international art dealer suspected in the theft of millions of dollars worth of oil paintings was found dead in his London, Ontario, apartment in an apparent murder-suicide, Canadian police said Tuesday. Superintendent Don Andrews told the Associated Press that the bodies of Peter Nixon, 58, and his wife Evelyn, 55, were found Monday in the bedroom of their apartment and were believed to have been dead about a week. A handgun was also found. Andrews said Peter Nixon was at the center of an international investigation into the theft of 20 oil paintings stolen from two British homes--one in England and one in Scotland--in 1981 and 1982. He said both the Canadian and British police, as well as the FBI, had been involved in the investigation. Twelve of the 20 paintings, some of which date back several centuries and are valued at more than $10 million, have been recovered in Europe, the United States and Canada.
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