John du Pont
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John du Pont (Character)
from Foxcatcher (2014)

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John Eleuthre du Pont (November 22, 1938 December 9, 2010) was an heir to the Du Pont family fortune and a convicted murderer.[1][2] He was an ornithologist (publishing several books on birds), conchologist, philatelist, coach, and sports enthusiast. As a philanthropist, he founded and directed the Delaware Museum of Natural History, which opened in 1972. He also contributed to Villanova University and other institutions.

In the 1980s, he established a wrestling facility at his Foxcatcher Farm after becoming interested in the sport and the pentathlon events. He became a prominent supporter for amateur sports in the United States and a sponsor for USA Wrestling. In the 1990s, friends and acquaintances were concerned about his erratic and paranoid behavior, but his wealth shielded him.[3] In 1997, he was convicted of the murder in the third degree of his friend Dave Schultz, an Olympic champion freestyle wrestler. He was ruled to have been mentally ill but not insane and was sentenced to prison, where he died in 2010.

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