New Canaan CEO Died Of Acute Alcohol, GHB Intoxication

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The death of Mitchell Vazquez, who was found unresponsive on Sept. 13 in his New Canaan mansion, was caused by acute alcohol and drug intoxication, according to the New Canaan Advertiser.

Mitchell Vazquez of New Canaan

Mitchell Vazquez of New Canaan

Photo Credit: Forex-Markets

The death of Vazquez, 46, who overdosed on acute ethanol (alcohol) and gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), was ruled an accident, the chief medical examiner told the Advertiser.

According to, GHB, an illicit drug, is a central nervous system depressant that is commonly referred to as the "date rape” drug. It is often abused at bars, parties, clubs and “raves” and is often placed in alcoholic beverages. 

Vazquez was the founder and CEO of GCI Financial, one of the first online trading companies serving non-U.S. clients who trade Forex and related commodities. He founded GCI U.S. LLC, which is regulated by the CFTC to serve U.S.-based clients.

Vazquez was divorced, and his three children live with their mother.

Vazquez earned a bachelor's degree in economics with honors and distinction from Stanford University in 1990. 

He was a pioneer in the online currency trading industry. In 1996, he started Global Capital Investment – a New York-based currency trading firm. Vazquez was chief executive officer of GCI US in New York.

According to the firm's website, he was active in philanthropy, making gifts to the Norwalk-based Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and to Stamford-based AmeriCares.

Read the full New Canaan Advertiser story about his death here.

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