Port Elizabeth - The children of former Port Elizabeth policeman and co-author of the explosive book "The Lost Boys of Bird Island" on Friday said they believed that he pulled the trigger and took his own life.
Just a week after the release of the book earlier this month, Mark Minnie was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head at a friend's farm in Theescombe. A suicide note was also discovered at the property.
The book, which is about high-ranking former National Party officials allegedly being part of a paedophile ring involving cabinet ministers in the late 1980s, is a collaboration between journalist Chris Steyn and Minnie.
Steyn told reporters that she was also prepared to accept the finding of suicide, however, she believed that there were events in the days leading up to his death that coerced him.
"I do not believe that he would have done that because he necessarily feared for his own life, I believe that he had a very good reason to do it possibly to protect other people," said Steyn.
Speaking at his memorial service held at the NG PE Wes Hall in Port Elizabeth on Friday, his son, Mark Minnie Jnr said that he hoped in his father's last moments he knew how much he was loved and respected.