Former Nagaland Governor, CBI chief and Ex-DGP of Himachal Pradesh Ashwani Kumar on Wednesday allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Brockhorst in Shimla. He was 69.

Police suspect death by suicide but have made no formal statement yet.

Police officials investigating the incident said a suicide note has been found, which seems to indicate that health issues forced the former top cop to take the extreme step.

Local news agencies reported that the suicide note written in English said the deceased “had become overwhelmed by this life and had set out on his next journey”.

The 69-year-old former CBI director was cremated today in Shimla. His son Abhishek lit the pyre.

A 1973-batch IPS officer, Kumar became the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation in 2008. He also served in the Special Protection Group, which primarily guards the prime minister, and was appointed the Governor of Nagaland in 2013 by the UPA government.